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278 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -278).
"After an Oregon mother finds an SOS letter in a box of Halloween decorations, a story unfolds about the man who wrote it: a Chinese political prisoner, sentenced without trial to work grueling hours at a "reeducation" camp-manufacturing the products sold in our own big-box stores"-- Provided by publisher.
Prologue. A message from the graveyard -- The brink of death -- Laogai nation -- Who was Sun Yi? -- Rebel meditators -- Entering Masanjia -- Audits and subterfuge -- Desire and denial -- Ghost work -- A Laogai love letter -- Dangerous words -- Historical complicity -- Transplanted -- Wrong answers -- Legal channels -- We made it -- Fight and flight -- Blending in -- Jakarta -- The state of camps today -- Epilogue. What can we do.
In 2012, an Oregon mother opened up a package of Halloween decorations, and something shocking fell out: an SOS letter, handwritten in broken English. "Sir: If you occassionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicuton of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever." Sun Yi, a Chinese engineer turned political prisoner, had been forced into grueling labor for campaigning for the freedom to join a forbidden meditation movement. His "reeducation" involved carving foam gravestones and stitching clothing for more than fifteen hours a day. Pang reveals is a closely guarded network of laogai-- forced labor camps-- that power the rapid pace of American consumerism. -- adapted from jacket
Prisoner, an SOS letter, and the hidden cost of America's cheap goods