The Unhappy Life of a Chinese factory Workers

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                                 Christmas season is coming up very quickly in the United States,
and obviously tens of millions of Americans are buying lots and lots of toys. Whether for better
or worse, 80 of all the toys in the world are made in China. And sadly, I know from personal
experience what the average life of a Chinese factory worker is like. I am not saying that an
American or a South Korean worker is great and care-free. However, in terms of work hell I
can safely say that Chinese workers are among the worst treated on earth. There is no question
that American as well as South Korean companies employ tens of millions of Chinese factory
workers for making toys as well as just about anything and everything else, but the conditions 
are deplorable. One person I knew told me how bad it was when I visited China. He told me that
working 12 hours a day was considered normal, and that they did not get the weekends off.
During peak manufacturing seasons (Christmas being one of them), he worked as much as
15 or even 18 hours a day just to get orders filled. As far as vacation time, he got may be
the Chinese New Year off, and may be, just may be, he might get a week off “if the boss
really liked him” (another way of saying he got no vacation time). The ONLY difference between
the person I knew in China and millions of other Chinese factory workers is that he was born
and raised in the city so he could actually go home and see his family and children. Those born
and raised in the countryside but have to live in the cities where most of the factories are must
live in a dormitory where conditions range from adequate to deplorable. And none of this
includes the frequent accidents and hazardous materials or machinery these workers are
forced to use that can and have killed so many countless Chinese workers or left them
permanent cripples. So the next time you see toys and other consumer products made in
China, consider the unhappy and unenviable life of a Chinese factory worker.