Thai Labor

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This is a story going about Thai labor in Taiwan. It is terrible what is happening to these people. They are lured by the opportunity to make money, but then get squeezed by the agents and politicians. Since there is a shortage of people willing to do the ‘unwanted jobs’ such as factory work and taking care of the elderly, these people are given what they think of as an opportunity to make money, only to have their rights as humans stepped on. Sure, this may be a generalization, but the riots in Kaohsuing were an example of things going to far. When will the politicians in Thailand and Taiwan wake up?

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7 Responses to “ Thai Labor ”

  1. They’ll wake up once the average Taiwanese starts giving a damn. No one cares enough for this to be an issue in local political elections.

  2. True. But if there are more riots, it will surely become an issue. Noone wants their slaves revolting. I hope there are profound changes that are in the best interest of all parties, but especially the labor. They are leaving their countries, families, and culture behind for the chance to make $$$ and support their familes back home (from my experiences speaking with Thai workers this holds true). Respect and dignity should be earned, but we are all people. That should earn a base level of respect no matter where you come from or what color your skin is.

  3. And if Thailand stopped the labor exodus, it would hurt Taiwan a lot (and Thailand as well). The companies pay these immigrants low wages. If the Taiwanese were needed to work in their own factories, then the costs would almost certainly go up, making the products more expensive and consequently less attractive in the open market. Could Taiwan even find 100,000 locals to replace the Thai workers?

  4. Gee, X.Kevin, you really have a high opinion of your low opinions of the average Taiwanese. Do you really give a damn? The truth is this situation is reflected in nearly every country around the world.

    Indentured slavery has gone on in one form or another for 1000s of years and probably goes on EVEN NOW in your own country, so er, what are you saying? That your country is free of it? Wage war in your own country before you criticize the indifference of the Taiwanese.

    Every economy has people stuck in low paying jobs. Look at the immigration debate in America currently, or all the African and Asian illegal immigrants in Europe at present.

    Incidentally ADMIN, Respect should be given, not “earned”.

    Have a great day.

  5. I was speaking regarding levels of respect. As in, everyone should be given a fair chance, and be treated fairly as a base level of respect. The respect you would give to someone who has done a lot for you or society has to be earned.

  6. Dear Admin,

    That second sentence of yours made no sense at all. Please explain.

    Enjoy your ZhongZi…

  7. OK. What I am saying is a little hard to explain. It would be like trying to dissect the word respect into different meanings. Like the word ‘can’ in English. In Chinese you can say neng (physical ability to do something), Hui (knowlege of how to do something), Ke Yi (permission to do something), and Xing (permission to do something). All of this is covered by one word in English, but dissected into 4 more specific parts in Chinese.

    I guess in English you can respect someone, or respect them a lot. I don’t want to write a long article on what respect means, just that I differentiate between basic respect for people and respect (or lack of respect) that is earned through actions.

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