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A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy Paperback – October 6, 2008
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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)--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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 ›
I was flabbergasted at the sheer amount of gifts the author's children receive throughout the year. Again, it comes down to values and giving kids toys for everything which only sets the expectation of more toy giving. It's that word again, STUFF. How about the author take her children to the Zoo, park, swimming pool, or treat them with ice cream? Why must she belabor the Made in China products when she's in the store trying to find Halloween decorations, when there are probably fresh pumpkins outside of retail stores and grocery stores in her area?Read more ›
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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 7 months 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 9 months ago by rz
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 11 months ago by Melanie R
This book will open your eyes to where almost all our goods are produced.Published 13 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 23 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 23 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 on February 25, 2014 by F. Edwards