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11.07.2015

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Cheap plastic at a high price: Kai Löffelbein reports from Shantou in China, the self-proclaimed toy manufacturing capital of the world.

Seventy per cent of the toys and games sold in the world are manufactured in China. Production costs are cheaper than in any other country; but the real price is paid by the factory workers who are pushed to exhaustion.

Read the reportage with further pictures by Kai Löffelbein and a text by Kai Strittmatter in LFI 5/2015. Born in 1965, Strittmatter studied Sinology in Munich, with stays in Xi’an (People’s Republic of China) and Taipeh (Taiwan). He is a graduate of the German Journalism School and Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent in Beijing.

Kai Löffelbein

Born in 1981, Löffelbein studied Political Sciences in Marburg and Berlin, and Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography in Hanover. His many awards include: UNICEF Photo 2011, Henri Nannen Award 2012 and Magnum Emergency Fund 2014. He is represented by Agentur Laif and lives in Hanover.

www.kailoeffelbein.com
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