Sunday, July 22, 2007

A Year Without "Made in China": Not a Good Idea

A new book "A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy" chronicles how writer Sara Bongiorni and her family tried to live for a whole year without buying anything produced in China. You can listen to an NPR review of the book here.

As one could easily predict, the Bongiornis spent a lot of money and a lot of time intentionally trying to avoid products made in China for a year, and were relieved when their self-imposed protectionist embargo ended. And that was just a one country embargo, imagine if their self-imposed embargo included all foreign countries!


At 8/20/2007 10:24 AM, Blogger Robin said...

And you call yourself a professor!?! There is so much in this book, so many potential starting points for discussion and action, and all you can say is thank goodness they came to their senses and decided to go back to Walmart? What's going on - did you not read the book? Or are you heavily invested in overseas shipping... I think it is unquestionably worth using the popularity of this book to inspire Americans to make smarter choices. We can, we are not all so busy that birthday presents have to be bought in the checkout aisle for under $5. We can make smarter choices ourselves and egg our friends and families on to do the same. Don't you owe that to your students? Visit for an article on Wednesday on the book. Misstropolis at least is part of the conversation. You should be too.


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