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Made in China

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

by Amelia Pang

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Made in China by Amelia Pang
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    Feb 2021, 288 pages

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Award-winning journalist Amelia Pang explores the true price of some items imported to the U.S. in her first book, Made in China, an exposé of the country's forced labor system.

In 2012, Oregonian Julie Keith finally got around to opening a box of Halloween decorations purchased at Kmart a few years earlier. In addition to the inexpensive faux tombstones advertised on its exterior, she found the box contained a note claiming to be from someone in China imprisoned in the Masanjia Labor Camp. The note read in part: "People who work here have to work 15 hours a day with out Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays, otherwise, they will suffer torturement." It ended with a plea for help. Amelia Pang's debut, Made in China, uses the discovery of this missive as a starting point for an investigation into China's Laogai ("reform through labor") system. Her account includes Keith's discovery and the actions she took following it, details from the life of Sun Yi (the author of the note), and an exploration of how U.S. industries and lifestyles contribute to the ...

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