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


Praise for A Year Without "Made in China"

"A wry look at the ingenuity it takes to shun the planet's fastest-growing economy." —Bloomberg News

"The West's dependence on Chinese exports neatly summed up."—The Daily Telegraph

"What the year-long experiment did achieve was to switch on Bongiorni as a consumer and make her alive to the complexities and shifting power of the international economy." —Financial Times

"A fascinating and entertaining look at just how much of a challenge an average consumer faces . . . to avoid buying Chinese goods."—Supply Management

"Bongiorni is a graceful, self-deprecating writer, and her comic adventures in self-imposed inconvenience cast an interesting sideways glance at the personal effects of globalism."—Publishers Weekly

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.




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.


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