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Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

Written by Amelia Pang

Narrated by Nancy Wu


Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

Written by Amelia Pang

Narrated by Nancy Wu

ratings:
4.5/5 (28 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Feb 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781649040268
Format:
Audiobook

Description

“Moving and powerful.” —Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author 

In 2012, an Oregon mother named Julie Keith opened up a package of Halloween decorations. The cheap foam headstones had been $5 at Kmart, too good a deal to pass up. But when she opened the box, something fell out that she wasn’t expecting: an SOS letter, handwritten in broken English by the prisoner who’d made and packaged the items.
 
In Made in China, investigative journalist Amelia Pang pulls back the curtain on the labor camps that create the home goods we buy at Kmart, the fast fashion we buy at H&M, and a shocking number of other products besides. The book follows the life of Sun Yi, the Chinese engineer who wrote the note after finding himself a political prisoner, locked in a gulag for joining a forbidden meditation practice and campaigning for the freedom to do so. There he worked alongside petty criminals, civil rights activists, and anyone else the Chinese government decided to “reeducate,” carving foam gravestones and stitching clothing for more than fifteen hours a day.
 
In chasing this story, journalist Amelia Pang has conducted extensive interviews with Sun Yi and the people who knew him. She also identified and interviewed others who endured similar horrors, and who inflicted them. And she traveled to China to follow falsified supply chains herself, tracking trucks from labor camps to warehouses. The story she uncovers is a call to action, urging the American consumer to ask more questions and demand more answers from the companies they patronize.
Released:
Feb 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781649040268
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Amelia Pang is an award‑winning journalist who has written for publications such as Mother Jones and the New Republic. In 2017, the Los Angeles Press Club awarded her first place in investigative journalism for her undercover reporting on the exploitation of smuggled immigrants who are recruited to work in Chinese restaurants. Amelia grew up in a Mandarin‑speaking household in Maryland, and holds a BA in literary studies from the New School. She lives near Washington, DC.  


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  • (5/5)
    Contenido muy interesante sobre tecnología y vehículos, descubre más: https://conducelaexperiencia.com/
  • (5/5)
    We get cheap consumer goods because they are made by slave labor. There's no free lunch
  • (5/5)
    An insightful and eye-opening book. Thank you very much, Amelia Pang.
  • (5/5)
    shocking expouse of how two powerful populous countries meet their production quotas.The prison system provides plenty of people, so people van enjoy cheap disposable crap that will likely not be recycled and simply end up as more pollution. The human race is despicable and a few powerful people think the majority of humans are here to do their bidding in a monoiacal race to be the best at the cost of human lives. Very illuminating in its graphuc detail. This book will challenge the value of Globalization and the suffering it causes to benefit the unaware.
  • (5/5)
    I was not aware of that in this day and age such things were still going on. It breaks my heart and it opened my eyes. I look at products differently when I’m shopping now.
  • (5/5)
    An excellent book. Puts a face to the nameless political prisoners who are forced to labor in the Lau Gai gulags, and shows the far reaching effect on the lives around them. Well worth reading.
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    This is a book that everyone should read. It's things we've read about. We thought we knew but actual don't. The author put the issue in perspective by giving you the background of individuals and how governments behave over the years. It's not some unfortunate events. It's a prolonged, extensive system maintained by the acquiescence of foreign corporates and trade partners. I really like how the book explains things in a clear and concise manner. People without no previous knowledge won't be put off by it.

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  • (4/5)

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    This book bring so much emotion. Makes me realize and picking up things that made in China, rethink the value and effort of force labor.

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