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Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes 2nd Edition
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All-American Kelsey Timmerman noticed that his typical ensemble of T-shirt, jeans, boxers, and flip-flops, all bore tags declaring their foreign manufacture in places such as Honduras, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and China. His curiosity and his experience as a travel writer coincide in a mission to visit the places and meet the people who actually made his clothes. With a backpack, notebook, camera, the clothes on his back, and a mixture of guileless intelligence, he set out to explore the globalization of the garment industry, up close and personal.
His approach is to minimize the intrusive effects of his inquiry into the factories' operations and the lives of the workers by keeping his visits as unofficial as possible. He is just an ordinary guy who happens to be interested in the origin of his underwear. Although he has heard about sweatshops, child labor and unfit working conditions, he wants to see for himself. He wants to know if it's possible to be an informed, engaged consumer. His journey helps us see that we can all be better informed. The people who make our clothes all have names, faces, needs and dreams.
"[In Bangladesh] Asad leads us past a high table with neat stacks of cloth. A few of the workers standing around the table hold what appear to be giant electric bread cutters with blades two-feet long. One woman marks the cloth using a pattern and then sets to slicing.Read more ›
"Where am I Wearing" chronicles author Kelsey Timmerman's journey through the companies, factories, and people who make his clothes. His journey takes him from Honduras to Bangladesh, from Cambodia to China, and back home again to a company and factory in the United States. "Sweatshop" is not an unfamiliar word to anyone in America. Yet Mr. Timmerman leaves his tour with a much different view of the word and the garment industry than the reader expects.
Through his journey, Mr. Timmerman poses questions and proposes solutions that aren't typical of the garment-industry protester. In fact, he sets himself apart from these protesters by having actually visited the factories and met the people who make his clothes. As a homeschooling mom, Mr. Timmerman leaves me desiring to take a similar journey with my children. It's an experience every American could use in their lifetime.
The reader should be aware that reading "Where am I Wearing" might be uncomfortable. It might force you to look at your own life differently, and it will likely move you to action of some sort (even if just to look at your own tags before you get dressed in the morning).
Mr. Timmerman took a chance when he jumped on a plane to Honduras. It was a chance worth taking as he has produced a well-written, thoughtful book that is WELL worth the read.
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I liked the fact that out of many books I've read about slave labor and human trafficking of sorts, this one gives you various perspectives. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Justice Pirate
This book was written very well with a bit of humor. This book allows us an insight into the countries and the actual people that make our clothing. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Linda Kirk
I got the book in no time at all! The book looks practically brand new too! I am extremely satisfied.Published on May 19, 2012 by Kimberly Vires
A good book that explores the realm to which many have never seen before: the garment factories. Also, the story provides its readers with an up close view of the effects of... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by gwood31
After reading several books on globalization I have to express the author seems like a nice enough guy but lacking in common sense and the real ways of the world. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Ann Whentworth
I am a retail marketing student and recently had to read this for a class. It really opens your eyes to both the good and bad of garment manufacturing abroad. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by pursefiend
I read this book for a Social Welfare class last semester (Aug-Dec 2010) and it was definitely something I wasn't to interested in before I started. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by S. Gibson
I had to read this book for my Social welfare class and ended up loving it! Once I started reading it, it was hard to put down. I have suggested it to many friends. A great book!Published on December 8, 2010 by sarina west