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A Year Without ‘Made in China’ (Prejudiced & Harming)

Popularity 2Viewed 1625 times 2014-5-26 22:12 |Personal category:World News|System category:News| without, family, living, China

Reference: U.S. family tries living without China

By Cynthia Osterman  SEATTLE Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:21am EDT

The cover of the book ''A Year Without 'Made in China,''' is pictured in this undated photograph. Lamps, birthday candles, mouse traps and flip-flops. Such is the stuff that binds the modern American family to the global economy, author Sara Bongiorni discovers during a year of boycotting anything made in China.

 (Reuters) - Lamps, birthday candles, mouse traps and flip-flops. Such is the stuff that binds the modern American family to the global economy, author Sara Bongiorni discovers during a year of boycotting anything made in China.

In "A Year Without 'Made in China,'" (Wiley, $24.95) Bongiorni tells how she and her family found that such formerly simple acts as finding new shoes, buying a birthday toy and fixing a drawer became ordeals without the Asian giant.

Bongiorni takes pains to say she does not have a protectionist agenda and, despite the occasional worry about the loss of U.S. jobs to overseas factories, she has nothing against China. Her goal was simply to make Americans aware of how deeply tied they are to the international trading system.

"I wanted our story to be a friendly, nonjudgmental look at the ways ordinary people are connected to the global economy," she said in an interview before the book appears in July.

As a business journalist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bongiorni wrote about international trade for a decade. "I used to see the Commerce Department trade statistics, the billions of dollars, and think it had nothing to do with me," she said.

The reality was far different.

As the year unfolded, "the boycott made me rethink the distance between China and me. In pushing China out of our lives, I got an eye-popping view of how far China had pushed in," she wrote.

About 15 percent of the $1.7 trillion in goods the United States imported in 2006 came from China, economist Joel Naroff writes in the foreword. Much of that is the manufactured stuff that fills Wal-Mart and other retailers -- the necessities and frivolities sought by lower- and middle-income Americans.

Lower prices have been one benefit of Beijing's rise and make it very hard for consumers to forswear Chinese imports.

LEGOS, LAMPS

And hard it was.

For all of 2005, minor purchases required dogged detective work as Bongiorni scoured catalogues and read labels.

She repeatedly struck out trying to buy inexpensive shoes for her son, and even the chic local boutique that sold fancy European labels had gone out of business. So she shelled out $68 for Italian sneakers from a catalogue.

Broken appliances gathered dust because the spare parts came from China. And, with the Asian country having a near lock on the toy aisles, her 4-year-old son grew tired of taking Danish-made Legos to birthday parties as gifts.

The family resorted to snapping mouse traps when the gentler catch and release kind came from, you guessed it, China.

Bongiorni got a lesson in the global economy after products advertised as Made in USA turned out to have Chinese parts. She decided to keep a lamp with just this problem after speaking to the manufacturer and learning how China is "eating the lunch" of the few U.S lamp producers left.

Since the boycott's end, Bongiorni has chosen a middle ground. Her family seeks alternatives but accepts Chinese products when most practical. But one habit from the boycott remains: It required her to think hard about what she buys. "Shopping became meaningful," she said.

 

A Year Without ‘Made in China’ (Prejudiced & Harming)

If this “family of bongiorni (FoB)” thinks it knew what it had done is correct and non-prejudicial in its appraisal of “Living Without Made In China”, then it is damn naïve of the author(s) and/or appraisal(s), and absolutely wrong too:

1.     The choices of one family or one person can never fill nor please the desires of all Americans who have better sensing capabilities and mathematical influences than this FoB.

 

2.    It is just European in FoB’s mindset when it was in a kind of appraising and judging between the Made in Italian to Danish and Made in China. Nothing good about Made In USA?  "I wanted our story to be a friendly, nonjudgmental look at the ways ordinary people are connected to the global economy," she said in an interview before the book appears in July”!  Paid to write and publish quite a bit of “unfair rubbish” is judgmentally controversial and poisonous in nature; isn’t it true? Don’t think, you really wanted to poison your family kids & others at such tender ages; else that will be “Oops..OMG” in the end!

 

3.     Broken appliances gathered dust because the spare parts came from China. …. ….. ….” . What about those millions of recalled automobiles (each priced from $20,000 to $60,000) that killed or may kill from GM, Toyota (Reported 18/5/14: Toyota is recalling an estimated 50,220 Highlander sport utility vehicles globally, most in the United States, for a software problem that could result in the front passenger seat belt not working properly), and others whereupon at least one of them is currently in US court mitigations; and did you bother to boycott them or either for a year as well to evaluate the effects on American lifestyles and US economy to see how jobs were lost and robbed too?

 

 

You could be priced out by cheaper & reliable foreign MADE vehicles. Then, guess what? The gigantic volumes of local vehicles will gather dust and rusts to be scrapped while many shops and car dealers will be forced to close!  Better visit the Dept of Commerce more often for more statistics (but never those ‘engineered’ statistics that can  poison others, unfairly) gathering before more Americans in the USA go broke. Imagine just how Detroit city has gone broke! Men, a US city gone bust, is extremely scary to foretell the coming of your next day spaghetti or pasta recipes; isn’t it? It’s because foreign produced and made_in_xyz automobiles have virtually closed the curtain of Detroit City.  It certainly wasn’t Made_In_China faults!  Read again: "I wanted our story to be a friendly, nonjudgmental look at the ways ordinary people are connected to the global economy," she said in an interview before the book appears in July.”

 

Look Up: What make up the most relevant market and highly significant and important economic figures in US monthly reported US GDP & US NFP (called “international market movers and shakers”)? Automobile orders come in among the top few; but never the “Made-In-China” nuts and bolts that can fill up your garage space for a couple of handy $doles picked up here and there!

 

Hoping to find a convenient “punching bag” after learning the tricks from retarded US political & business clouts is plainly disastrous. Worst of all, trying to educate your kids such black and bad arts will cause them to fall into very painful traps later in life, huh..oops OMG! Forethought is FoB’s substandard assumptions and story writings in this aspect and manner are naively flawed and insultingly out of whack. There shall be neither fame out of it nor joy in it. Good Luck, if you do, for a few pennies!


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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-5-27 08:16
Brings back memories of that era.
Reply Report 12dream 2014-5-27 17:07
ColinSpeakman: Brings back memories of that era.
One main problem with American democracy is its "unilaterally selected choice of slurs being permitted selectively" even though if its selected choices insult or defame or harm others (of its choice at any time). Can't it home more people like Bill G and Warren B in the USA today who realistically work to produce the best of their kinds?   

ALAS, a lovable and entertaining American culture has virtually gone bust!

Anyway, wishing you the best in the Best Expat Blogger!
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-5-27 17:10
12dream: One main problem with American democracy is its "unilaterally selected choice of slurs being permitted selectively" even though if its selec ...
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