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Monday, August 19, 2019

"They refer to us as the foreigners," says a downbeat employee at the Ohio car glass factory where hundreds of Chinese labourers have come to work, far from their wives, children and homeland. But the worker in question is American, not Chinese, and is finding life very different under new management after billionaire Chairman Cao' swept into town to reopen the shuttered, iconic former General Motors factory in 2014.

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The film charts a Midwestern rust belt community's journey from optimism at the giant plant's reopening " bringing back vital jobs " toward creeping anger and disillusionment as the Chinese management imposes its strict, exhausting demands on workers and sacks those who don't comply.

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In the new documentary's early scenes, genuine attempts by the US and Chinese workers to bond with their new colleagues, including fishing and shooting lessons and shared Thanksgiving dinners, appear to bear some fruit.

But as the new Chinese owners become alarmed by heavy financial losses, they fire the American middle managers and increasingly invoke their Chinese replacements' sense of nationalistic pride to spur harder work, leaving the workforce ever-more divided.

Despite promises, wages remain frozen far below those of the GM era, while workers' attempts to unionise and confront slipping safety standards are aggressively shut down from above.

"The cultural chasm was wider than people anticipated," said Bognar, noting that the new Chinese owners felt equally baffled and let down by the attitudes of US workers.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-08-19 02:55 PM | Reply

This problem wouldn't exist today if corporate America didn't chase cheap overseas labor to maximise their profits ...

Who Stole The American Dream?
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40 years of dismantling America's once mighty manufacturing base, the very manufacturing engine that defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan ...

All for the sake of more profits.

Last time I checked, you can't take those billions trillions of dollars with you when you kick the bucket.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-19 03:02 PM | Reply

"the new Chinese owners felt equally baffled and let down by the attitudes of US workers."

Exactly.

The idea of a worker having a say in his workplace is foreign to them. HOW DARE they expect to be treated humanely?

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-08-19 03:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If they think it's weird now just wait till the Chinese bosses get Americanized.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-20 12:15 PM | Reply

#3 | Posted by Danforth

Very true. Over there literally what every the man above you says to do you do. There is never any input from your subordinates. It is a authoritarian micromanagement style - just like their government. If you go over as a tech you are expected to work with your equal or above - they don't want you talking to the people actually having an issue. It is so grossly inefficient and results in many mistakes, errors and inefficiencies.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-08-20 03:36 PM | Reply

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