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Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes Paperback – April 24, 2012
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From the Back Cover
An Entertaining And Thought-Provoking Look Behind The Curtain Of The Global Economy
When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know more about where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. In Where Am I Wearing?, Kelsey introduces you to the human side of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—and bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.
Updates to this paperback edition include:
The author's astonishing search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the book and who underwent a death-defying journey of love, sacrifice, and hope
The lives of the factory workers and their families now, and how the global financial crisis affected them
A visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time
Discussion guide for teachers and educators, focusing on sweatshops, child labor, fair trade, individual and corporate social responsibility, and other global economic issues
About the Author
KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a freelance journalist and public speaker. He's spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, and taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR.
More About the Author
I've spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, played PlayStation in Kosovo, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and, in another life, I worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida.
I was made in America.
Top Customer Reviews
Travel Enthusiasts: If you travel, I mean really travel, then you'll love this book. The stories take you into the cultures of the world.
American Consumers: Before you start chanting against "sweat shops" and for "American-made" maybe you should understand the rest of the world better. A sweat shop in the USA would be a travesty and unjust. One in Cambodia simply keeps children from prostitution. I'm not making a political statement for or against anything (and neither is this book), it's just a statement to encourage people to learn about all angles, not just "American-made" mindsets...
Unfortunately, Timmerman could use a good editor. He writes like a travel columnist trying to fill space, often going into digressions that have nothing to do with his topic. For example, he discusses the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" in some detail, even though it is only extremely tangential to the topic at hand (in this case, a New York factory that makes uniforms for professional sports teams). And, the book seems to be too much about him -- far too much "I hope," "I think" and "I feel.Read more ›
Timmerman has an easy to read voice that makes one laugh. He investigates the clothing industry from the viewpoint of the workers, adding personal touch to controversial topics like child labor, sweatshops, and workers rights in the third world.
As consumers, we speak through our spending. This is the kind of book that brings to light the differences among countries that house the textile industry. Highly recommended to the reader looking for a personal touch about the people who made your clothes and a tour through the streets, villages, and cities that they live in.
Timmerman remains more of a tourist than an investigative journalist. He meets a small handful of workers and takes them to lunch or out for a fun evening. He talks with them and inquires about their life stories. He is even able to follow two of them to their home villages in Cambodia and China, where he learns that the workers in garment factories are supporting families in the country. Timmerman does not spend much time in the factories themselves, except in Bangladesh where he is "tricked" by a translator into posing as a buyer, and in the United States, where a factory in New York welcomes him with open arms.
Throughout the book, he makes the point that people working in these factories work long hours in grueling jobs for what anyone in the West would consider a paltry salary. Still, that paltry salary is slightly better than what they would be making elsewhere, especially in the provinces. It is therefore difficult to demonize these factories by calling them sweatshops, despite the fact that they would be called as such by anyone in the West. Still, in the end, Timmerman's only call to action is to "buy American."
Timmerman does a casual job describing the supply chain, sufficient enough for this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was required reading for my Social Stratification class. I can't wait to read Where am I Eating for my own enjoyment.Published 2 months ago by Amy
A great read for students at the upper high school level or college.Published 3 months ago by klstoner
I ordered this book for my granddaughter for her English class! She said it was good.
Shouldn't be required reading for an orientation class. Good information for history or government class.Published 5 months ago by Michelle A. Wood
Yea he sold alto of books BECAUSE you are REQUIRED to buy this snooze. Not for a good readPublished 5 months ago by Jennifer Yarbrough
A very interesting read which invites us to step outside our comfort zone and gives us a glimpse into the life of some of the producers in our world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eric Gregory