2020: The 8th Wonder of the World

The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 18 | Issue 21 | Number 4 | Article ID 5507 | Nov 01, 2020
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The 8th Wonder of the World:
Inside Foxconn’s empty buildings, empty factories, and empty promises in Wisconsin

Josh Dzieza, Jenny Chan, Mark Selden

Introduction
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden
In the context of transnational production, China remains the heart of Foxconn’s global electronics empire and its profitability. For seventeen consecutive years between 2002 and 2018, Taiwanese-owned Foxconn ranked number one as China’s largest exporter.1 Today it operates more than thirty industrial parks across coastal and interior China,2 creating a 24-hour, high-speed production network predicated on vertical integration and flexible coordination. Most of the world’s TVs, desktop monitors and laptops are assembled in China. The United States remains by far its largest export market, as well as a major source of the US trade imbalance with China.

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