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Focus on China Series: Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods
Amelia Pang, award-winning investigative journalist

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

When so many of our home goods and clothing items are made in China, it may be a good idea to step back and understand how those goods actually get to us.

In 2012, an Oregon mother, Julie Keith, came face to face with the reality of cheap American consumerism when an SOS letter from China fell out of a box of $5 Halloween decorations. The writer’s name was Sun Yi, an engineer imprisoned in a Chinese labor camp, where he was forced to carve foam headstones and stitch clothing for more than 15 hours a day as part of his “reeducation” by the Chinese government.

In Made in China, Amelia Pang follows Sun Yi’s story, as well as those of others like him, tracking down China’s “falsified supply chains,” that start with gulag-like labor camps and end in American homes.

Amanda Schnetzer will moderate this conversation with Amelia Pang.

Amelia Pang is an award-winning investigative journalist of Uyghur descent. She is an editor at EdTech Magazine. Her book, Made in China, to be released in February 2021, was shortlisted for the 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award by the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Pang holds a BA in Literary Studies from the New School.

Amanda Schnetzer is an expert in the role of democracy and human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Previously she served as the founding director of global initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute and held positions at Freedom House and the American Enterprise Institute. Amanda is currently founding a tech startup in the mental health space. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Part of the Focus on China Series

Series Sponsor: Maisie Heiken

Location: Virtual Program
Fees: Complimentary
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