Made In China

Made In China

A Prisoner, An SOS Letter, And The Hidden Cost Of America's Cheap Goods

Book - 2021
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"After an Oregon mother finds an SOS letter in a box of Halloween decorations, a story unfolds about the man who wrote it: a Chinese political prisoner, sentenced without trial to work grueling hours at a "reeducation" camp-manufacturing the products sold in our own big-box stores"--
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2021.
ISBN: 9781616209179
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm

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dirtbag
Apr 21, 2021

Worth reading.

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patrickmay
Apr 02, 2021

Five stars for the courage it took the author to write this book.

I know nothing about Falun Gong, and have no interest in what it claims. I do know that whatever their belief is, there is no justification for the Chinese government to imprison its practitioners in forced labour camps, torture them, and harvest their organs for profit.

The Gulag Archipelago is alive in China today, this very minute. The only thing we can do is to consider the MORALITY of doing any form of business with China. The only solution is to put money and profit aside, and pull out all manufacturing from China. Money talks, and that is the only way to strike a blow at the Chinese Communist Party.

Next time you pick up a toy, or a piece of stationary, put it back if it says "Made in China". Tell the salesperson why you are not buying that particular item. Be willing to pay more for what you buy, or shop less for things you do not really need.

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Chinaisthebest
Mar 31, 2021

fuck them. i dont care bout some slaves trapped in a fortune cookie factory. the british litterly traded slaves 2 million slaves. and no ones ganna make a book bout that. peng is a race traitor sell out.

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Velim
Mar 03, 2021

Nazism and Communism were two of the most destructive social systems of the Twentieth century. People are generally aware of Nazism, but Communism is somehow hidden, because most of the victims were living in China and Russia.

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EucaryaM
Feb 02, 2021

Oregonian Julie Keith was decorating for Halloween in 2012 when she came across an SOS letter, written in careful English with a mix of Chinese characters, stuck inside a package of cheap decorations she'd purchased at Kmart years earlier. The letter, from Chinese political prisoner Sun Yi, sparked a series of news stories and interest in Chinese forced labor camps. Despite the international attention turned toward the "open secret" of the Chinese manufacturing world, little changed in the long run--in large part, argues journalist Amelia Pang in Made in China, because of Americans' demand for trendy products at impossibly low prices.

Pang, a journalist with ties to the religious activist group of which Sun Yi also was a member, spent three years peeling back the layers of this stranger-than-fiction story, including interviews with Sun Yi, undercover trips to China to pose as a buyer, and covertly following trucks in and out of various Chinese factories to track suppliers and producers. Made in China is a careful account of all she learned, from the establishment of the first Chinese labor camps in the 1930s to the persistence of the present-day laogai ("reform through labor") industry--which "remains the largest forced-labor system in operation today... a vast network of prisons, camps, and various extralegal detention centers."

With clarity and sensitivity, Pang exposes the human cost of the global demand for cut-rate products, and provides clear calls to action for individuals, corporations and governments to stem these abuses. Any reader with half a heart will be hard-pressed not to re-examine their own buying habits after reading this incredible, moving account. --Kerry McHugh, blogger at Entomology of a Bookworm

Discover: Journalist Amelia Pang peels back the layers of one Chinese prisoner's SOS letter to reveal the human cost of American demand for cheap, trendy products.

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darladoodles
Jan 20, 2021

After reading this book, the "Made in China" label will be more than a whisper in your ear. It will be a slap in the face. The Chinese Communist Party is actively involved in using "reeducation camps" as a source of cheap or free labor. The conditions are horrendous. This book gives firsthand accounts of the treatment given to the occupants of the camps and some of the methods of torture used to achieve the desired result. Make no mistake, this is no different than the methods employed in Nazi Germany. Specific ethnic groups and religious faiths are among the targets. This is chilling. Amelia Pang includes tips on how we can all change our shopping habits to alleviate demand from this part of the world. We can also be responsible consumers by making ourselves aware of the brand names who have a history of outsourcing with slave labor. If you don't want to spend time reading this book, you can read Sun Yi's story in the documentary "Letter from Masanjia."

A big thank you to Amelia Pang for sharing the stories of these brave men and women who have made such great sacrifices to help others be free.

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