From the moment the new generation of rural migrant workers step beyond the doors of their houses, they never think of going back to farming like their parents,” the statement read. “The moment they see there is little possibility of building a home in the city through hard work, the very meaning of their work collapses. The path ahead is blocked, and the road to retreat is closed. Trapped in this situation, the workers face a serious identity crisis and this magnifies psychological and emotional problems. Digging into this deeper level of societal and structural conditions, we come closer to understanding the ‘no way back’ mentality of these Foxconn employees.”Chan and her colleagues Mark Selden and Ngai Pun decided to begin research on a book that would look not just at the causes of the suicides, but the deeper issues affecting Foxconn workers.