Sunday, January 08, 2012

Made In China

Tonight Erin was building the model she received for Chanukah from David & me.  Out of the blue she made the comment "Why is everything made in China?"  in a very negative tone.

I explained that many things are made in China because the cost of labor is cheaper.  I told her that people want to buy things made in America because that way we can keep people employed here.  Not everything made in China is poor quality.  Not everything made in the U.S. is good quality.

This topic came up before but she wasn't ready for the conversation - even at the most basic level.  This time I felt that she deserved an answer.

Why did "made in China" come up?  Because all around us, people don't think about what they're saying..  They don't realize the effect their words will have on those around them.

This is the perception Erin has of things that are made in China.

By the way, Erin was made in China.  So was her godsister.  So were many of her friends. 

The next time you are thinking of making a negative comment about things made in China?  Don't.

1 comment:

Vivian M said...

We are very fortunate that as much as Kerri hurts that she was abandoned, she does not dislike China or Chinese people. I don't even think she is angry anymore about it. I think the fact that we were so open and talked so honestly to her without sugar coating anything gave her a different perspective with time and maturity. She is very proud to be Chinese, and she embraces her culture (as well as ours). But then again, so do we, so it makes it really "normal" for her. I hope someday Erin (if she doesn't already)learns to love her heritage and finds pride in being Chinese.