Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Suicides in China lead tech production to move

According to a recent Business Insider post by Gus Lubin, High-tech manufacturer Foxconn is moving everyone except for iPhone workers to low-wage factories in China's hinterland to keep wages low.

According to Wikipedia, "The Foxconn Technology Group is a multinational business group and is the largest manufacturer of electronics and computer components worldwide and mainly manufactures on contract to other companies." According to Lubin, "Foxconn Technology Group is moving hundreds of thousands of workers away from the Shenzhen factory where it doubled wages after a rash of suicides, according to China Daily." Lubin wrote, "Looks like China will keep wage inflation at bay for awhile yet."

Why should this matter to us? Global manufacturing has been in a race to the bottom for a long time. At what point does it become unethical for US consumers, including our universities, to continue to support these kinds of business practices in order to get goods cheaper and cheaper?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A new Indian place near SJSU

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Just found out about this place near SJSU. I have not yet tried it, but hope to next week. It is at 322 E. Santa Clara St. (near 7th.).


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The high tech directory at the entrance to Clark Hall at SJSU is Fubar.