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Illuminating the People Behind the Lightbulbs

Illuminating the People Behind the Lightbulbs

When shopping at Home Depot, most Americans don’t give much thought to the origins of the lightbulbs they buy beyond the perhaps half-formed notion that somewhere a giant machine is churning them out at the push of a button. Come to China’s eastern countryside, however, and you’ll find a dramatically different reality within factories like the one at Tai Yang village west of Hangzhou, where workers assemble 300,000 lightbulbs a month—by hand.