Widespread enforcement of the laws has been lacking at the local government level throughout China due to economic incentives to look the other way. Some Western companies are better than others about sniffing out such deception, but too many are perfectly happy to embrace plausible deniability as long as the prices remain so low. People in the West like me don't want their stuff made in sweat shops. I got this audiobook from the library, and it is already out of date. China's government in Beijing has passed some pretty good labor laws and health and safety laws, but due to the structure of China's local political economy, Chinese people's shared drive for more money combined with Western corporations drive for the lowest prices, many laws are commonly not enforced at the local level.
General readers and all undergraduate students. But perhaps the most important revelation in The China Price is how fast change is coming, one way or another. How China is caught in a price war while trying to satisfy workers rights. The overwhelming human sacrifices and environmental damages often concealed to achieve these low prices is haunting. But they do want it cheap. People in the West like me don't want their stuff made in sweat shops.
That should have been my first clue - of course it's on short notice. However, as the supply chain footprint changed e. Najpierw zadajmy sobie jednak pytanie, dlaczego tak się stało, co było bezpośrednią przyczyną, jak się to zaczęło, co sprawiło, że w chwili obecnej Chiny dyktują warunki na arenie międzynarodowej? We regularly check this is a fully automatic process the availability of servers, the links to which we offer you. Some of the enduring costs of the China price are harder to measure in figures. Her writing is informative, colorful, thought-provoking, and objective. Great expectations for this first book from a Financial Times reporter.
Potter emeritus, Ramapo College of New Jersey Copyright American Library Association, used with permission. And since 98% of what I own was made in China, that's sort of a problem. Harney reveals that despite a decade of monitoring factories, outsiders all too often have no idea of the conditions under which goods from China are made. . Many people eating meat would rather not find out how the animals are killed and processed.
The China Price is filled with stories about Chinese factories, their owners, and their workers trying to get by and make money. We do not store files, because it is prohibited. Read the China Price, and learn how improving working conditions in China will bring your job back home. The book contains real insight as the author proves adept at understanding both businesses and people a rare gem and provides ample stories and evidences throughout the book. Indeed, any country that has to go to the lengths that China is having to go to control its economic growth could afford to sacrifice some of its competitiveness through more consistent enforcement of the law. Updating the supply chains in industries with lagging safety and health standards will cost money, too. Hong Kong I'm the author of The China Price, an investigation into the human and environmental cost of our pursuit of ever-cheaper goods.
Packed with facts, figures and sympathetic portraits of Chinese workers and managers, Harney's is a perceptive take on the world's workshop. A few days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami destroyed cities and killed thousands across northern Japan, I got a note through LinkedIn from an acquaintance in Canada that seemed innocuous enough. Chinese online shopping websites are attractive for shoppers from all over the world for great variety and constantly updated product list the costs of shipping in. Though they clearly had no experience in selling goods into a disaster zone if they did, they never would have asked me for help they were perfectly happy to monopolize the time of local officials, the military and others who were working around the clock to help - all in order to make a quick buck. The China price is a global phenomenon because China is a dominant supplier of countless consumer goods worldwide - China's labor issues are now world's labor issues. For the employees, long hours in dangerous conditions are common. The main focus is on social transformations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the mainland, Singapore and Chinese overseas.
China's highly concentrated factory clusters, which in some instances may manufacture or assemble a larger proportion of the products than anywhere else in the world, make it difficult for other countries to provide comparable infrastructure that is equally specialized, even when those countries undercut Chinese labor costs. Herein lays the oxymoron of capitalism. Unlike other books on 'the China price', Harney is very balanced and fair in her analysis and investigations and conclusions. I also listened to the book on tape, and unfortunately, that caused me to interpret the book as slightly dry at times. Likewise, we all enjoy affordable products manufactured or assembled in China, but few of us have much understanding of precisely what people do to provide these billions of products at such low prices to our big name brands and distributors. What she has discovered is a brutal, Hobbesian world in which intense pricing pressure from Western companies combines with ubiquitous corruption and a lack of transparency to exact an unseen and unconscionable toll in human misery and environmental damage. Shadow Factories In the book, Harney tells the story of a man from Hong Kong, who grew up stitching jeans when Hong Kong was the major manufacturing center of the world.
She exposes the widespread practice of using a dummy or model factory as a company's false window out to the world, concealing a vast number of illegal factories operating completely off the books. Some Western companies are better than others about sniffing out such deception, but too many are perfectly happy to embrace plausible deniability as long as the prices remain so low. A very good overview of what it means to buy something from China in today's world. Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books. It needs to create an organization that truly represents workers, particularly migrants, in their negotiations with government agencies, the judicial system and employers. And in the gold-rush atmosphere that's infected the country, in which everyone is clamoring to get rich at once and corruption is rampant, it's almost impossible for the Chinese government's own underfunded regulatory mechanisms to do much good at all. Harney opted to visit Shanxi because she heard of many workers have developed silicosis, but they still continued to work in the mines.
Category: Political Science Author : Kwok B. A landmark eyewitness expos of how China's factory economy competes for Western business by selling out its workers, its environment, and its future In The China Price, acclaimed Financial Times correspondent Alex Harney uncovers the truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world. He believed he had contracted the disease from his work polishing gems and sued his employer. Great read for anyone interested in China, economics, and what offshoring jobs really looks like. Reforms of this magnitude will take decades, if they happen at all. They liked things the way they were in the early 1900's.
The book provides many examples of shadow factories, corrupted government officials, and very poor labor conditions that effectively enable China to provide such low manufacturing costs. Yet the costs extend far beyond the individual family lives of the migrant workers. Prices for Chinese have been rising since 2004 and this trend will continue, with 20 to 30 percent price increases by December 2008. In the end, Alexandra provided a great depth of detail and did a nice job to support her claims with personal observations and interviews. Für jeden größeren Ort gibt es eine Auswahl an Unterkünften und Restaurants für jeden Geschmack und Geldbeutel. Der Lonely-Planet- Reiseführer China ist ehrlich, praktisch, witzig geschrieben und liefert inspirierende Eindrücke und Erfahrungen. How pollution can be so bad to save those extra pennies.