Economics 32: Talking with Authors: Amelia Pang, Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

Grades: 6 - 12

In 2012, an Oregon mother opened a five dollar package of Halloween decorations and an SOS letter, handwritten in broken English, fell out. The letter was written by a mild-mannered Chinese engineer turned political prisoner, forced into grueling labor for a petty offense. He was imprisoned alongside criminals, civil rights activists, and tens of thousands of others the Chinese government had decided to “reeducate.” In Made in China, investigative journalist Amelia Pang reveals is a closely guarded network of forced labor camps that power the rapid pace of American consumerism. Pang shows us the true cost of America’s cheap goods and shares what is ultimately a call to action—urging us to ask more questions and demand more answers from the companies we patronize. Talking with Authors offers compelling one-on-one interviews with authors in a wide variety of genres writing about a wide variety of subjects.