Slowly but Surely, Positive Changes are Coming to Chinese Factories

Earlier this year, I wrote about the strange story of Mike Daisey, an author and speaker who released a riveting account of his trips to Foxconn, the Chinese factory that produces Apple's iPhone and iPad (along with many other electronic devices). He reported seeing poor working conditions, health risks, and other disturbing things, and his report garnered much acclaim and attention.And then it was revealed that Daisey's claims were riddled with lies and half-truths.However, it was true … [Read more...]

Kim Jong Un: Sexiest Man Alive (or, We’re Not Here to Judge, China)

The Onion has finally done it. I am pretty sure that this was the plan of the Onion and all of its content for the last decade.  Last week the Onion released a piece, in classic Oniony fashion, naming North Korean supervillian/supreme leader/newlywed Kim Jong Un the sexiest man alive.Most Onion readers didn’t think much more about it than when they reported on the tragic car accident that sadly, did not kill Glenn Beck. But the People’s Daily, China’s state run, communist mouthpiece report … [Read more...]

China’s 18th National Congress & The Future of Chinese Christianity

While discerning China's political landscape is about as simple as reading a map of Middle-earth in Elvish to predict the lunar cycles of Gondor in the Third Age, what is clear is that China's 18th National Congress will hold major global economic ramifications. Essentially every decade, the Chinese hold a series of meetings to decide the future leadership and distribution of power. (It's a lot more complicated than that, but that's the gist.) The Politburo Standing Committee, which is t … [Read more...]

The Hyped-up Claims over China

During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney brought up economic issues related to China multiple times. Writing for The New Republic, John B. Judis looked into the seriousness of Romney’s claims. Judis concluded that “not only is Romney exaggerating the China threat, but he’s doing so at the expense of more, or equally, pressing economic and social issues.”According to Judis, a number of other issues affect China’s economic advantages over America. Cost of production is much lower … [Read more...]

This American Lie: The Ecstasy and Agony of Mike Daisey

In 2010, Mike Daisey -- who had previously garnered acclaim for 21 Dog Years, a book and monologue about his experiences working for Amazon in the late '90s -- published a new monologue titled The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. In it, Daisey discusses his geekiness, his love for Apple products, and even his admiration for Steve Jobs's ability to "[make] us need things we never even knew we wanted."His love and admiration took a hit, however, when he read about someone purchasing an iP … [Read more...]