Nice to meet you. I’m Xiaowu.
I work at the Foxconn Factory.
Have you heard of Foxconn before?
Foxconn is the largest manufacturer of Apple electronics. I work at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China.
I’ve worked at many different factories – printers, photocopiers, cameras, lenses, toys, floor tile, glass screens, high tech police monitoring equipment. Most people don’t realize how dangerous factory worker jobs are. If I’m working inside the injection moulding machine and something goes wrong, I would be crushed. There would be nothing left. Everyday I go to work, I feel the fear and pressure.
Sometimes I ask myself.
What do I live for?
Am I living for my family?
I started working when I was 14. My two younger brothers and younger sister wanted to go to school. My older sister couldn’t make enough money to send them all to school, so I went and worked with her to help earn more money for them. At first, I taught kindergarten, then at a restaurant, and then finally at the factories.