Notes: F*ck China and Anything Made There

It's not my beat at all, and I never went to any Free Tibet concerts for either the hipness or the music or the politics, but this BS that China is pulling over Tibet is starting to bother me. Now there's this strange tale of Tibetans rioting with zero backlash from the Chinese, and I'm getting an even worse feeling. It could be a PR move, but maybe they're just taking their time to roll in some tanks and the lull is a feint.

I'm not sure what I can do to change a goddamn thing — maybe some of you can help me figure that out — but as a purveyor and filter of consumer crap, I'll own up to my piece of the protest and make the simple declaration that I'm going to avoid buying any electronics made in China for the foreseeable future. (READ: PRETTY MUCH ALL.) I've been getting my updates via the NYTimes and Boingboing, FWIW.

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Broken Machine

@pipper: Absoluetly. Even the "Made in [insert country here]" label is a bit misleading. If I buy a bicycle (my own vice) and it says "Made in the USA", it can be made of foreign parts. Even a bicycle frame that claims "100% handbuilt in the USA" can be made of foreign tubing and machined bits. There are no bicycles made of entirely USA parts. There was an issue a few years ago where the Honda Goldwing could say "made in the USA" and a particular model of Harley (883?) could not, as even though it was built in the USA, it was using too many foreign components.

Not buying Chinese products is not an option - you can say you do much like claiming being a Vegan, but that is all it is - a claim.