story is not unusual for someone in Thailand. I am Tranh Li, a 23
year old woman in Thailand.
I live in Bangkok it is crowded, noisy, industrial, and very polluted.
I work for the US equivalent of 44 cents an hour in a factory producing
clothing for a transnational
corporation called RAGS, which produces and sells a line of
clothing and shoes in the wealthier countries.
learned last month that my husband infected me with HIV. Like many
Thai men, he used to have sex with prostitutes.
feeling very weak and find that I cough up blood and sweat at night.
The doctor said that I also have tuberculosis, something that often
happens to those with AIDS. She said that
HIV had suppressed my immune system, and that I probably had contracted
the TB from someone where I work. She said that more
women die from TB than from AIDS and heart disease combined.
And TB has a new strain that is very difficult to cure with antibiotics.
TB is very contagious, I'm supposed to stay home from work for a
month and take medicines. Because I earn so little, we are often
hungry, so I have to work. I am afraid to tell my employer about
my TB because he may fire me.
can't see any way out of my situation. In my mind I am one of the
many millions of losers exploited by this globalization process.
story raises questions about:
and the distribution of wealth
conditions, Labor policy, and Human rights
World Debt and the International Monetary Fund(IMF)
of Global Trade on Third World Health Care
of Infectious Diseases
Tranh Li is a fictional character, her story is based on actual
events and conditions in the lives of people in Thailand. Tranh
Li is a 23 year old factory worker whose husband died last year,
leaving her with two children to support. She faces poverty and
health problems, and wants to know how global trade is affecting
story of Tranh Li reveals how a transnational corporation called
RAGS, a hypothetical company modeled on real international businesses,
deals with its workers. You'll also be asked to examine links between
poverty, the international movement of diseases, and the debt of
third world countries affecting their health care policies.
listen carefully to Tranh Li's story, and answer for yourself the
questions she asks about her situation.
How does my country, Thailand, benefit from the global
Why won't RAGS pay me more?
What benefits do companies like RAGS get from factories
overseas? What benefits do factory workers get?
Can others become ill because of me? Can globalization
spread diseases worldwide?
To answers these questions well, what do you still
need to know about Tranh Li and her situation? For
example, how much of her story do you believe and
What might her employer at RAGS, a health official
in Thailand, or a globalization protester have to
say about Tranh Li's circumstances?