Over two-thirds of Shenzhen’s population work in electronics, whether as an engineer, an entrepreneur, or a factory worker. At the center of the city is Hua Qiang Bei, a district known for its massive electronics markets. It is also the epicenter of the Shanzhai phone industry, an omnipresent network that makes and sells knockoff and imitation electronic goods.
In 2012, I researched Shanzhai by shadowing various Shanzhai phone makers and factory workers. Click on the link to read a clip of my essay, Shanzhai Phone Makers: Making the Emblem of Low-end Globalization.
Shanzhai Phone Makers:
Making the Emblem of Low-end Globalization