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This Chinese Cyberpunk Farms Chickens and Makes Homebrew Computer Chips to Pay His Rent

Yasha Wallin

He runs a custom electronics manufacturing outfit from his living room, grows organic vegetables in his garden, and even raises chickens and pigeons on his roof. It’s the kind of self-sufficiency that would make an eco-conscious Brooklyn hipster blush and the sort of entrepreneurial spirit generally reserved for Silicon Valley. But Mr. Chen lives in the shadows of Foxconn’s super factories on the outskirts of Shenzhen, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

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