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So, I'm reading this book from the local library (libraries are awesome....free books!), called Girl in Translation. While dubious about it at first, I've now gotten pretty into it. It's about a girl from Hong Kong who move to New York with her mom, and they end up working at Chinatown sweatshop. The story is a novel, but having just read the author's biography on Wikipedia, and I think it's highly autobiographical.
Anywho, at the sweatshop, she and many other child laborers help their parents after school, sometimes past 9 p.m. And while it's illegal to pay per piece of clothing in the U.S., the factory would secretly pay that way regardless. I suppose it entices people to finish their work quicker. Everything the girl buys she compares to how many skirts she and her mom have to complete to afford it.
It makes me wonder how many such sweatshops there still are in the US. I'm sure the exist, and I hope the clothes I'm so proud of finding aren't made in such conditions.
...I think I'm going to look into this further when I'm not so sleepy.
Hello! I'm a 30 year old gal with a liking for doing year long projects. I've done a year without any form of chocolate, a year without coffee shops, and 5 years without gum (and I LOVE chocolate, coffee shops, and gum)! A year wearing only American Made should be the hardest yet, though*.