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One more thing about China.

In Adventures on December 3, 2009 at 12:38 am

If you would care to read more about our increasing trade imbalance, specifically as it relates to the 60% (or $22 billion) of our outgoing funds traveling directly to China, you should click here to read an article from Time. Or you could just read this excerpt: Read the rest of this entry »

China: Still Developing

In Adventures on November 29, 2009 at 12:44 am

Today on NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross spoke to Orville Schell, an expert on China. They discussed many issues–climate change, clean energy, US/China relations, trade, human rights and more–because they’re all related. And they all affect us over here in North America. The thing that really struck me was this: China is still a developing country. Read the rest of this entry »

“Please give us your sweatshops.”

In Adventures on October 20, 2009 at 12:10 am

I don’t particularly have an agenda. At least not an agenda that reaches beyond my own personal growth and that of mankind in general. So while I don’t particularly like Wal Mart, or what it represents, or what it’s done to our society, or what it feels like to shop there, or any number of things about the consumptive behemoth, I’m always up for interesting reading–even if it means reading a pro-Wal-Mart article such as this one. Read the rest of this entry »

Subsidized Chinese Steel

In Adventures on June 30, 2009 at 12:12 am

I’m not sure exactly how foreign governments are making it so hard for American steel producers, but I think I get the basics of it. Here’s what I know. Or at least, what I think I know.

1. One of the big steel producers at the convention last month said, “Part of the reason for the mess we’re in is China.” Read the rest of this entry »

Get ready for Chinese wine.

In Adventures on May 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

The good news about Chinese wine? If other China-made products are any indication, a magnum of tasty Sichuan Merlot will likely retail for $1.95.

The bad news about Chinese wine? Everything else. Read the rest of this entry »

Consequences

In Adventures on April 2, 2009 at 12:03 am

One of the things that happens when you don’t buy American is that the American maker of whatever it is you’re not buying gets into financial trouble. That’s not to say it’s your fault. Look at the auto industry; American automobiles, though lately much improved (or so they say) for years were gas-guzzling, underperforming, poorly styled imitations of their foreign competition. No wonder we weren’t buying what America was selling. Read the rest of this entry »

“When labor is cheap, growth can be breathtaking.”

In Adventures on March 9, 2009 at 12:20 am

That’s what Ted Koppel says.

His China thing is really staying with me.

China’s influence on my life seemed minimal not long ago. It is much greater right now. It will only have more influence tomorrow. It will grow exponentially.

That doesn’t feel great. But there’s nothing I can do about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Ted Koppel’s China

In Adventures on March 8, 2009 at 12:04 am

As I write this I’m watching a Discovery Channel miniseries on China hosted by Ted Koppel. It’s called “The People’s Republic of Capitalism,” and this episode is about China’s changing automotive economy.

I looked online for a clip, and while I couldn’t find one I did find this trailer. It’s nice, but it doesn’t have the great pull-quotes. Read the rest of this entry »

My funky underpants volume goes to 11.

In Adventures on February 22, 2009 at 6:51 am

I was folding my laundry when it occurred to me: I wonder where my underpants are made?

I quickly formed a hypothesis: If you’re an American man and you wear underwear, you’re probably not wearing American-made underwear. I base this assumption on a couple of other assumptions. Read the rest of this entry »

Meaningless Patriotism?

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

1.6.09: Everywhere I look I see China.

On the radio today was a discussion of the country. In the lobby Newsweek was a story about economic slowdown hitting the region, and how all of their booming growth is now subsiding. It made me feel like maybe I should buy Chinese stuff to help ‘em out. You can read it here.

Then I picked up Read the rest of this entry »