MADE IN CHINA: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods, Presented by Author Amelia Pang via Webinar from New Canaan Library

Timely and urgent . . . Pang is a dogged investigator.” —The New York Times Book Review. New Canaan Library is pleased to present a talk by investigative journalist Amelia Pang, whose powerful book takes us inside the network of enforced Chinese labor camps, and the connections to not only American and global markets, but to the average consumer. The live webinar will be presented on Thursday, January 27 at 7 PM EST; register at newcanaanlibrary.org for Zoom sign in.

When a young mother opens a box of Halloween decorations purchased from a popular chain store, she finds a handwritten note: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Rights Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you. The note, secretly stashed in the box by Sun Yi, a political prisoner forced into grueling labor in a detention center, was the plea for help that would lead award-winning journalist Amelia Pang in pursuit of its origins.

Made in China is a thoroughly researched expose of the cruel and inhumane conditions that prisoners, most often illegally incarcerated, are subjected to as they assemble cheap goods in record time for some of the biggest names in the marketplace.

Amelia Pang is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications such as Mother Jones and the New Republic. She has covered topics ranging from organic import fraud to the prevalence of sexual violence on Native American reservations. In 2017, the Los Angeles Press Club awarded her first place in investigative journalism for her undercover reporting on the exploitation of smuggled immigrants who are recruited to work in Chinese restaurants. Amelia grew up in a Mandarin-speaking household in Maryland and holds a BA in literary studies from the New School. This is her first book.