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China Makes, the World Takes by James Fallow

This article by James Fallow beautifully describes how things are made in China and exported to the rest of the world. The author narrated his tour to a big Chinese city Shenzhen where entrepreneurs from all over the world come for buying of Chinese products. The writer explains how Shenzhen is different from Shanghai where only sophisticated people come for big business deals. In Shenzhen people who are interested in opening small businesses come and buy products. He also described the working conditions of the factories and the way these factories work and export their products (Fallows). Chinese people are hardworking, they work in dangerous situations and do overtime, their performance is regularly checked, and many Chinese women after getting an education from America settles in China and establish their business. This is the reason of industrial boom in China.

This article grabbed my attention when it strikingly described how easy it is for an innovative person to convert his idea into reality in China. It is also surprising that products like Laptops, cell phones, and computers are made and arranged in China so easily and quickly and the factors which contribute to making these Chinese products cheap. We always think that using advanced machines in factories is a sign of advancement but the reality is that the use of machines instead of human labor limits the functioning of the factory. In China, human labor is used in factories to make and assemble the products, this way, as told by MR. China, factories can make new and different products each day.

I think that the way China is working is not only helping China in becoming an advanced industrial nation but it also aids in overcoming a big social issue, that is of unemployment which is very common in the world. Use of labor force results in high employment level which in turn can end many other social problems like poverty, and street crimes. We should also adopt the same strategy.

Works cited

Fallows, James. “China Makes, the World Takes.” Sociology of Globalization: Cultures, Economies, and Politics, 2012, p. 16.



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