Jenny is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an elected vice president of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labour Movements. She is the co-author, with Mark Selden and Pun Ngai, of Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the Lives of China’s Workers (Haymarket Books and Pluto Press, 2020; translated into Korean by Narumbooks, 2021). Currently she is investigating China’s digital transformation from the level of production to logistics. Her research, funded by the Junior Research Fellowship of the University of Oxford’s Kellogg College (2015 to 2018) and the Early Career Scheme of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2018 to 2021), focuses on the informalisation of work and employment in a globalising China.
As the Made in China Journal was born as a platform to document labour struggles in China, we always welcome the publication of books and studies that offer novel perspectives on the ‘world of labour’. In this conversation, we discuss two recent additions to the literature: Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives, […]
In January 2017, Apple celebrated the tenth anniversary of the launch of the first model of the iPhone. After a decade, has Apple’s extraordinary profitability been coupled with any greater social responsibility? Are the Chinese workers who produce the most lucrative product in the electronics world seeing improved working and living conditions? This essay provides some answers by focussing on two issues: freedom of association and the situation of student interns.