The “Sanhe Gods” live on the outskirts of the 12-million metropolis of Shenzhen: migrant workers and day labourers who prefer to work in illegal factories rather than to be employed by Foxconn & Co. Most of them have sold their identity cards and live in shady businesses. It is a community in a self-sufficient subculture, unique in China and the world.
Du Qiang is a renowned non-fiction writer and reporter who works for People’s Literature Magazine in Shanghai. His most important book to date is Pacific Massacre, an account of 33 Chinese lobster fishermen who killed each other because of catastrophic working conditions.
Simon Leu is the presenter of the SRF prime-time programme Rendez-vous, producer and lecturer at the Swiss School of Journalism MAZ.