“Made in China: A Prisoner, An SOS Letter, and the Hidden Value of America’s Low cost Items,” by Amelia Pang, Algonquin Books, 288 pages, $24.95.
In Amelia Pang’s new nonfiction ebook, “Made in China: A Prisoner, An SOS Letter, and the Hidden Value of America’s Low cost Items,” Oregon mom Julie Keith opens a package deal of discounted Halloween decorations to seek out an SOS letter written by a Chinese language political prisoner.
From this letter, Keith learns that her buy was assembled and packaged by a person named Solar Yi, imprisoned for campaigning for freedom to hitch a forbidden meditation motion, Falun Gong. Within the notice, Solar particulars how political prisoners work 15-hour days and not using a Saturday or Sunday break and make solely 10 yuan every month, or about $1.55. Solar says that if the prisoners don’t adjust to working in these circumstances, they are going to be verbally and bodily assaulted.
In telling Solar Yi’s story, Pang’s ebook steps again and analyzes issues within the international shopper provide chain, which is a dialog the writer believes is uncared for.
“There hasn’t been a lot exploration into why it’s really easy for one thing that’s manufactured in a labor camp from China to finish up promoting in American shops,” Pang says in a latest telephone interview.
“I actually needed to have a look at among the core points and among the components that had been driving Chinese language factories to outsource work to pressured labor.”