THIS IS A BOOK AND PODCAST THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO PAY ATTENTION TO !
That’s a nice shirt you’re wearing and where did you get that cute little display for Halloween? In all likelihood, both of items came from China. While we are aware that Chinese goods are cheaper than those made in the United States, do we now why? We might think that the standard of living is lower and the benefits paid are less. How often have we considered that the price and pace of production there is really the result of forced labor in camps with conditions that are inhumane? And that ethnic minorities, political dissidents and others not in step with the autocratic regime in Beijing, not criminals, are forced to work 20 hour days to make our stuff. Amelia Pang, author of ‘Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods’ makes us consider the amazing human toll that it takes to satisfy our desire to save a few bucks at high and low end retailers alike. She also provides ways that we can work to end these abuses one consumer at a time.