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  • Algonquin Books

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

Amelia Pang

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Biography: general, Globalization, Labour economics, Industrial relations, health & safety

After an Oregon mother finds an SOS letter in a box of Halloween decorations, a story unfolds about the man who wrote it: a Chinese political prisoner, sentenced without trial to work grueling hours at a reeducation camp manufacturing the products sold in our own big-box stores.

*A New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice Pick* *A Newsweek & Refinery29 Most Anticipated Book of 2021* Timely and urgent. The New York Times Moving and powerful. Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Discover the truth behind the discounts. 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 as punishment 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.

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