China’s arrival in the American workplace is the subject of a fine new Netflix documentary American Factory by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who’ve spent years chronicling blue-collar lives.
And true, the Chinese are frustrated that the Americans work so slowly — “They have fat fingers,” one says.
They don’t approach the Fuyao story with a thesis, don’t dehumanize the Chinese, don’t tell us what to think.
Eventually, many of Fuyao’s American workers get fed up with the factory’s cramped, hectoring conditions.
Near the end of American Factory, Chairman Cao strolls outside a glassy, pillared mansion that contains what looks like a shrine to himself.