Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

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In 2012, an Oregon mother named Julie Keith opened up a package of Halloween decorations. The cheap foam headstones had been five dollars at Kmart, too good a deal to pass up. But when she opened the box, something shocking fell out: an SOS letter, handwritten in broken English.
  “Sir: If you occassionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicuton of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”
The note’s author, Sun Yi, was a mild-mannered Chinese engineer turned political prisoner, forced into grueling labor for campaigning for the freedom to join a forbidden meditation movement. He was imprisoned alongside petty criminals, civil rights activists, and tens of thousands of others the Chinese government had decided to “reeducate,” carving foam gravestones and stitching clothing for more than fifteen hours a day.

In Made in China, investigative journalist Amelia Pang pulls back the curtain on Sun’s story and the stories of others like him, including the persecuted Uyghur minority group whose abuse and exploitation is rapidly gathering steam. What she reveals is a closely guarded network of laogai—forced labor camps—that power the rapid pace of American consumerism. Through extensive interviews and firsthand reportage, Pang shows us the true cost of America’s cheap goods and shares what is ultimately a call to action—urging us to ask more questions and demand more answers from the companies we patronize. 

Title:Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods
ISBN:9781616209179
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    Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods Reviews

  • JanB

    In our quest to read more non-fiction, Marialyce and I settled on this book, and it was one that opened our eyes and caused us to examine our consumer habits.In 2012 a woman in Oregon opened up a Hall...

  • Jenna

    A shocking exposeShortly after starting this book, I checked five items near me to see where they had been made:•Aeropostale hoodie - China•Apple mouse - China•The magnifying glass I used to rea...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I had a reason for wanting to read this book.Recently a friend whom I have not seen since before the pandemic....sent me a huge - years supply- of Reese’s peanut butter cups....( sweet chocolate gif...

  • Donna Backshall

    It's only February, and I can confidently state I just read the most important book of 2021. Perhaps of my life.In a word, Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Ch...

  • Woman Reading

    4 ☆Made in China is an exposé of the inhumane forced labor practices within China's prison industry. This book centered around Sun Yi, who smuggled an SOS letter into one of the products he made t...

  • Darla

    After reading this book, the "Made in China" label will be more than a whisper in your ear. It will be a slap in the face. The Chinese Communist Party is actively involved in using "reeducation camps"...

  • Stephanie

    This was a really tough one to read. I found the history detailed and well researched because I was not familiar with many of the events in China that led to forced labor camps. The descriptions of wh...

  • wanderonwards

    CW: confinement, death, emotional abuse, forced institutionalization, genocide, gore, grief, medical content, physical abuse, police brutality, racism, religious bigotry, sexual assault, slavery, suic...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods by Amelia Pang is very highly recommended exposition on China's labor/reeducation camps, human rights violations,...

  • Marks54

    At one level, this is a book about the political, economic, and human rights issues associated with China’s increasing use of prisoners as unpaid labor in the manufacture of cheap goods that are exp...