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February 28, 2010

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Chris-in-the-morning

Thank you for your idea of an oppression offset when a needed item seems to be only made in China. I admit that most of the time I don't think about where this or that seemingly trivial item was made, or what it may inadvertently support, but I've also come to have a growing desire not to buy anything from China. In addition to what they are doing to Tibet and to their own people, the Chinese government allows gross exploitation of their own environment and even of animals the rest of the world considers endangered. Recently, the New York Times ran a story about Chinese Tiger Farms that broke my heart. It showed an amazing lack of insight by the Chinese government and showcased its pattern of turning a blind eye to just about anything for the right price. You can find the article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/world/asia/13tiger.html

Just one more reason to be conscious about where things we buy come from.

nova

So you know, I learned a great deal about you from this post...and considering that I went to school and lived with you, I am surprised that I was not aware of your correspondence with Migmar.

The Oppression Offset is a great idea, we might have to employ that system in our household as my children seem to love toys made in China; but, the question of "where does my stuff come from" is something that I have been thinking about more recently. Thanks for sharing this, Kathy.

Kathy


I know, its really a change that happened slowly. When I first started, it was, oh this is interesting, let me write back when I get time. Now, after writing to him for years and reading a lot more about it, its much more important than anything I felt at college. Hey, I never realized what an artist you are and look at you with your etsy shop!

Rachel

Thank you for this post Kathy. I learned much, I thought more, and am making plans for action.

Janey W

You have stated - and very well - why I do not shop at Walmart. Not just because of the origin of many of their products, but also because of their employee policies.

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