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A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy Hardcover – June 29, 2007
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"a wry look at the ingenuity it takes to shun the planet's fastest-growing economy." (Bloomberg News)
"The West's dependence on Chinese exports was neatly summed up" (The Telegraph, Sunday 12th August 2007)
"What the year-long experiment did achieve, was to switch on Bongiorni as a consumer and make her alive to the complexities and shifting power of the international economy. (Financial Times, Saturday 25th August)
"...a fascinating and entertaining look at just how much of a challenge an average consumer faces...to avoid buying Chinese goods." (Supply Management, Thursday 31st January 2008)
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I also appreciate the authors sense of humor which makes this book an easier read, since it makes you see the problem without becoming a xenophobic type person who also hates the Chinese. In fact she notes its American businesses who have taken American jobs overseas where they can have cheap made goods and higher profits at home that is the real problem.
Am so happy the author wrote this book, which I think should be in every library in America not only because it reminds us of how made in China makes up a good 90% of what we have in our homes. It also goes beyond the issues of out souring and loss of American jobs, to the whole comsumerism and materialism that has Americans by the throat. Even the dang plastic they use to make Visa, Mastercard, Discovery and American Express is made in China.
Look at the millions of cell phones, iPods, iPhones, video games, and all the high tech items Americans stand in line to be the first to buy. All made in China. And bought by an increasingly obese sit at home and do nothing, consumers.
And as she noted the shoes for kids whose feet grow faster than a corn field, and sold at all the major stores that families with kids frequent, all seem to have the made in China label. Same with virtually every toy and most school supplies. She even writes of going out of her way to buy made in Italy shoes for the kids.Read more ›
Contents: Introduction; Farewell, My Concubine; Red Shoes; Rise and China; Manufacturing Dissent; A Modest Proposal; Mothers of Invention; Summer of Discontent; Red Tide; China Dreams; Meltdown; The China Season; Road's End; Epilogue; About the Author; Index
Sara Bongiorni, the author, decided on January 1, 2005, that her and her family would spend a year without buying anything made in China. This wasn't a radical "WE MUST BUY AMERICAN!" reaction, rather an experiment to see if it was possible to live without feeding the growing economic tiger across the Pacific. Factor in the elements of a husband and two young children, and it becomes a task far beyond what she had imagined. With her journalistic background, she set off on an adventure that taxed her will, her patience, and her sanity. And you, the reader, get to come along for the ride and the laughs.
The rules were simple. Nothing could be purchased that had a "Made In China" sticker on it. Gifts received by others could be made in China, but there would be no family purchases that fell in that category. What she and her husband quickly found is that there are vast consumer areas that are nearly all Chinese-dominated. Toys? Nearly all made in China. Lamps? Made in China. Shoes for the kids? China. Electronics? Yup, China.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply the tale of a family attempting to not buy China for a whole year. Early on in the book Bongiorni said she didn't expect it to be very interesting... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonas
Although easy to read, got bored half way through. It has some funny moments, but mostly document the daily challenges. It is not inspiring.Published 3 months ago by ramy zaarour
An interesting premise, but I wish the author would have taken her research deeper. She would write how she wondered what others thought-but never bothered to ask them and only... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melanie R
This book will open your eyes to where almost all our goods are produced.Published 7 months ago by Rate Amazone
I thought this topic would surely render an in-depth analysis, but the book was journalistic and unimpressive. I had to put it down.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Funny and challenging at the same time. I try not to buy items that say "Made in China" for many reasons, pollution... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nicole
Bongiorni has a dryly humorous manner that had me frequently smiling, which is already worth something, but I feel a wonderful opportunity to explore the MANY excellent underlying... Read morePublished 23 months ago by F. Edwards