Work to live, or live to work? Fearful of being outcompeted and replaced, many of us find ourselves trapped in the grueling competition vying for higher status, higher income, more power, and better opportunities. How is the system of competition and self-exhaustion created and perpetuated? What role do we each play it in? While we young urbanites are exhausted by the ever-growing competition and stress, however, the situation facing the manual laborers is far more dire. For workers from different industries and social classes, what labor injustices do they face?
Through interactive activities, a student-led dialogue, and a talk about the marginalized voices of workers from Foxconn, the “WeWoked” event series challenged the participants to confront the social issues around competition, stress, labor, and exploitation.