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Most of America probably now knows that Mike Daisey fabricated sections of his popular one-man play about Apple iPads and his This American Life broadcast. But China’s bloody factories are a problem much bigger than Foxconn, Adam Matthews reports:

“Wang took me on a tour that even [Mike] Daisey couldn’t have dreamed up.”

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook was in China this week, visiting an iPhone production plant run by the Foxconn Technology Group. Foxconn has been embroiled in controversy recently for a string of worker suicides.

Leslie Chang, a long time China correspondent and a contributor to the New Yorker, spent two years getting to know assembly-line workers in south China. In her book “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China,” Chang chronicles the lives of these workers.

"They are not victims," Chang said in an interview with PRI’s The World. "The workers choose to leave the countryside to go to the city. They choose to work in a certain factory. It’s true they can’t organize a union. They can’t sue their boss. Certainly the system is stacked against them. But their choice is to leave to a better factory. And over time the really bad factories don’t have workers and they have to improve conditions or they go out of business." More.

 (Image: cover of Leslie Chang’s “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China”)