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  1. 16 Dec '16 23:00 / 7 edits
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2327655/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    China has long been an all-purpose scapegoat for American politicians (including 'liberals' ).
    Hardly any evidence needs to be cited before routine 'China-bashing' proceeds in the US media.

    But how easy would it be for ordinary Americans to live without everything 'Made in China'?
    (This does not even include the many products that have components 'Made in China'.)

    The 2013 film 'Xmas Without China' describes one middle-class American family's
    attempt to go through the holiday season without buying anything that's 'Made in China'.
    It was extremely hard and painful. The father admitted to cheating on the test, being
    unable to keep going without playing his favorite video games 'Made in China'.

    The film also covers the uneasy relationship between the narrator, Tom Xia (an immigrant
    from China) and the white American man who's attempting to boycott all 'Made in China' products.
    From a military family, he's very jingoistic and ignorant about China. At one point, he
    aggressively interrogates Tom Xia about his nationality, and the intimidated Tom lies and
    claims to be a US citizen. (He's not yet, though his parents already have become US citizens.)
    Later, Tom apologizes for lying. The other family's mother forgives him because she
    understands that he lied because he was afraid of rejection. But the father then demands
    to know whom Tom Xia would fight for if China and USA were to go to war immediately.
    Tom Xia replies that he does not know. (Shouldn't it depend upon how the war started?)
    At the end of the film, a scene's shown of Tom Xia becoming a US citizen.
  2. 16 Dec '16 23:13
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2327655/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    China has long been an all-purpose scapegoat for American politicians (including 'liberals' ).
    Hardly any evidence needs to be cited before routine 'China-bashing' proceeds in the US media.

    But how easy would it be for ordinary Americans to live without everything 'Made in China'?
    (This does not ...[text shortened]... o cheating on the test, being
    unable to keep going without playing video games 'Made in China'.
    Damn. Corporations would have to come back to the US if anything happened to China.

    Hope that ever happens.
  3. Subscriber FreakyKBH
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    17 Dec '16 13:39
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2327655/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    China has long been an all-purpose scapegoat for American politicians (including 'liberals' ).
    Hardly any evidence needs to be cited before routine 'China-bashing' proceeds in the US media.

    But how easy would it be for ordinary Americans to live without everything 'Made in China'?
    (This does not ...[text shortened]... how the war started?)
    At the end of the film, a scene's shown of Tom Xia becoming a US citizen.
    Whew!
    Thank God the white American male was only jingoistic and ignorant!
    I was holding my breath hoping--- praying--- he wasn't also a trolling rape apologist, too!

    Too close!
  4. 17 Dec '16 16:30
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    But how easy would it be for ordinary Americans to live without everything 'Made in China'?
    (This does not even include the many products that have components 'Made in China'.)
    At present, very difficult. But if the US decided to cease all trade with China over a period of say 10 years, it could be done. Other manufacturers would take up the gap. Prices would change as goods manufactured in the US would cost more, but then the people making them would earn more and the money essentially stays in the local economy. Of course the reality is that if the US ceased trade with China but not any other country then all the manufacturing would just move somewhere else, but not back to the US.

    China on the other hand would probably not notice much difference if US manufactured products were no-longer available there. The super rich would just get their luxuries from Europe instead.
  5. 17 Dec '16 22:29
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    Whew!
    Thank [b]God
    the white American male was only jingoistic and ignorant!
    I was holding my breath hoping--- praying--- he wasn't also a trolling rape apologist, too!

    Too close![/b]
    The troll FreakyKBH spews more nonsense. There's no reason for a white American
    man and a Chinese immigrant man (fluent in English) to discuss rape at all in the film.

    The white American man had *agreed to cooperate* with Tom Xia in making this documentary film.
    He *already knew* that he said and did was being filmed and could appear in the documentary.
    So he obviously had a motive to keep any explicit racist sentiments to himself.

    There's a scene where a Chinese friend asked Tom Xia if he believed that the white American man's a racist.
    Tom Xia said 'no', though he seemed disturbed by the American's ignorance and jingoism.
    In particular, the American clung to an outdated stereotype of China as a monolithic Communist society.
    After visiting his many relatives in China nearly every year, Tom Xia could attest that
    China has changed greatly in the recent past.

    My impression is that the white American man's wife sincerely liked and trusted Tom Xia.
    The white American man wanted to like Tom Xia, but did not really seem to trust him.
  6. 17 Dec '16 22:31
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    At present, very difficult. But if the US decided to cease all trade with China over a period of say 10 years, it could be done. Other manufacturers would take up the gap. Prices would change as goods manufactured in the US would cost more, but then the people making them would earn more and the money essentially stays in the local economy. Of course the ...[text shortened]... ere no-longer available there. The super rich would just get their luxuries from Europe instead.
    For decades, the USA imposed an extreme economic and technological embargo against China.
    Although this might have retarded China's advancement, it failed to block China's advancement.
  7. Subscriber FreakyKBH
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    17 Dec '16 23:03
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    The troll FreakyKBH spews more nonsense. There's no reason for a white American
    man and a Chinese immigrant man (fluent in English) to discuss rape at all in the film.

    The white American man had *agreed to cooperate* with Tom Xia in making this documentary film.
    He *already knew* that he said and did was being filmed and could appear in the document ...[text shortened]... d Tom Xia.
    The white American man wanted to like Tom Xia, but did not really seem to trust him.
    It must have been so conflicting for you, knowing no minorities were raped by white men.

    This time.
  8. 17 Dec '16 23:48
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    It must have been so conflicting for you, knowing no minorities were raped by white men.
    This time.
    FreakyKBH trolls on. I don't expect every film to have a rape scene or a rape discussion.
  9. Subscriber FreakyKBH
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    18 Dec '16 01:32
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    FreakyKBH trolls on. I don't expect every film to have a rape scene or a rape discussion.
    Maybe.

    But you certainly want it to be!