Kyle and I had the opportunity to visit a lace factory for one of our research assignments. The factory is located in Guangzhou which is in Southern China and is really close to Hong Kong. Luckily, we also have some friends we met in Korea who have lived and worked in GZ (as the locals say) for the last 9 months.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get too many pictures. The factory visit was set up through a friend of Kyle’s who works for a lingerie company in L.A. The visit was well-organized and professional. Kyle and I were picked up from the GZ airport by a company car. Much better than the usual dragging bags all over the subway and getting lost!
Before visiting the factory I didn’t really know what to expect. I was prepared to see pretty much anything but the factory was impressive. Most employees work with a computer and machine. There are three eight-hour shifts per day and the conditions of the factory were clean. The workers seemed happy, were provided insurance and a living stipend and lived off the factory campus. It was a good “factory job” to have. Overall it was fascinating and a bit reassuring to know that every factory is not breaking laws or making people’s lives terrible.
The worst part was the flight. We flew a super discount Chinese airline which is even worse than a super discount regular airline. We couldn’t fit in the seats and they tried to sell you junk over the loud-speaker the whole time. And people actually bought it?!?
This is Kyle not fitting in the seat….