A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy [NOOK Book]

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A Year Without "Made in China" provides you with a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining account of how the most populous nation on Earth influences almost every aspect of our daily lives. Drawing on her years as an award-winning journalist, author Sara Bongiorni fills this book with engaging stories and anecdotes of her family's attempt to outrun China's reach–by boycotting Chinese made products–and does a remarkable job of taking a decidedly big-picture issue and ...
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Overview

A Year Without "Made in China" provides you with a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining account of how the most populous nation on Earth influences almost every aspect of our daily lives. Drawing on her years as an award-winning journalist, author Sara Bongiorni fills this book with engaging stories and anecdotes of her family's attempt to outrun China's reach–by boycotting Chinese made products–and does a remarkable job of taking a decidedly big-picture issue and breaking it down to a personal level.
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Editorial Reviews

Susan L. Shirk
…more Erma Bombeck than Tom Friedman. Bongiorni struggles to explain why she imposed the private boycott on her family. She insists that it is not a political protest on behalf of U.S. workers and "nothing personal" against China. Her great-great-grandfather was Chinese, so she says she can't be guilty of anti-Chinese prejudice. In the end, Bongiorni wonderfully articulates the ambivalence that many Americans feel toward China's modernization: "When I see the words Made in China, part of me says, Good for China, while another part feels sentimental about something I've lost, but I'm not sure what exactly."
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118039175
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 511,042
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

Sara Bongiorni is a writer and journalist who has worked at news-papers and business publications in California and Louisiana. Her "beat" has included international trade and its impact on local economies. Bongiorni has won local, state, and national awards for her articles, including a 2002 Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for her part in a series on the impact of out-migration on the Louisiana economy. Bongiorni graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and holds a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter One: Farewell, My Concubine.

Chapter Two: Red Shoes.

Chapter Three: Rise and China.

Chapter Four: Manufacturing Dissent.

Chapter Five: A Modest Proposal.

Chapter Six: Mothers of Invention.

Chapter Seven: Summer of Discontent.

Chapter Eight: Red Tide.

Chapter Nine: China Dreams.

Chapter Ten: Meltdown.

Chapter Eleven: The China Season.

Chapter Twelve: Road's End.

Epilogue.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Disappointing

    Stopped reading after page 75. Found it boring.

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    Dare yourself to do the same for a week

    This is an interesting book for those people who are concerned about the long-term viability of manufacturing in the US and Western Europe. It truly illustrates how difficult it has become to fulfill basic needs with domestic products. As a long-time label reader, I can only sigh and nod my head for much of this book.

    Overall, the author's treatment of her family's experience is engaging, although I can see were some people might find the style a little too breezy. Still, I think you should dare to do something similar, for a week or a month, and see how it works.

    With China (in particular) and other nations beginning to push into our food distribution network, this book is definitely worth a read.

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  • Posted October 9, 2008

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    A good read for anyone concerned about global economics

    I rarely buy a book solely on the premise, but this one got me hooked just by the flap copy alone. Can a family go an entire year without buying anything "made in china". The author's chronicle of those 12 months is funny, insightful and truly eye-opening. She has hit upon a significant macro-economic issue facing the United States that few of us truly understand. I would have liked it if she maybe interspersed some more thorough analysis of the topic. At times the struggles of her family seem a bit petty in light of the larger picture. That would have made the book better in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Personal reckoning with China's grip on consumer products

    From head to toe, American consumers are walking advertisements for products from China. But few shoppers realize the depth and national economic implications of their dependence on 'Made-in-China' goods. Writing with heart and precision, Sara Bongiorni ¿ who decided that her family wouldn't buy Chinese merchandise for a year ¿ uses trade data, shopping mishaps and family squabbles to outline the complex relationship between Chinese merchandise, U.S. consumers and American job loss. Her narrative is funny, factual and entertaining. She delivers insightful lessons about trade, manufacturing and finance. The author attempts to avoid China-bashing and repeatedly mentions her distant Chinese ancestry, but the book occasionally steps into the uncomfortable territory of nationalism on the subject of race and international commerce. Still, this is a delightful, informative read. We recommend it for every shopping list.

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    Posted December 11, 2011

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