Could We Live Without China?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Media, The World

This sounds like an interesting new book about a family’s journey through one year of consumption free from Chinese made goods…

BATON ROUGE, LA. – Last year, two days after Christmas, we kicked China out of the house. Not the country obviously, but bits of plastic, metal, and wood stamped with the words “Made in China.” We kept what we already had, but stopped bringing any more in.

The banishment was no fault of China’s. It had coated our lives with a cheerful veneer of toys, gadgets, and $10 children’s shoes. Sometimes I worried about jobs sent overseas or nasty reports about human rights abuses, but price trumped virtue at our house. We couldn’t resist what China was selling.

But on that dark Monday last year, a creeping unease washed over me as I sat on the sofa and surveyed the gloomy wreckage of the holiday. It wasn’t until then that I noticed an irrefutable fact: China was taking over the place.

It stared back at me from the empty screen of the television. I spied it in the pile of tennis shoes by the door. It glowed in the lights on the Christmas tree and watched me in the eyes of a doll splayed on the floor. I slipped off the couch and did a quick inventory, sorting gifts into two stacks: China and non-China. The count came to China, 25, the world, 14. Christmas, I realized, had become a holiday made by the Chinese. Suddenly I’d had enough. I wanted China out.

You can pick up the book here. I think it was printed in the US.


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3 Responses to “Could We Live Without China?”

  1. A Year Without China Says:

    [...] When Justin Gardner over at Donklephant wrote a piece about the about the new book “A Year Without ‘Made in China’: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy” by Sara Bongiorni it’s safe to say my ears perked up. Ms. Bongiorni has written a piece at the Christian Science Monitor to give some idea of the premise of her book: Last year, two days after Christmas, we kicked China out of the house. Not the country obviously, but bits of plastic, metal, and wood stamped with the words “Made in China.” We kept what we already had, but stopped bringing any more in. [...]

  2. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Video: Is Santa Claus Actually Chinese? Says:

    [...] One woman and her family tried to live without Chinese-made goods for an entire year. Could your family live without them at Christmas time? [...]

  3. ResponsibleChina Says:

    There was a great podcast interview with the author this book at asap.

    Check out my blog post about it:
    http://responsiblechina.com/2007/07/27/sara-bongiorni-made-in-china/

    I write about environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility in China. Check it out!

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