a chinese christmas

we roll our eyes, chuckle:

everything we got this christmas was made in china.

then we stop, wonder:

do chinese children open up their gifts and think, ‘oh look, i made this just the other day!’ ?

on a more serious note:

who takes care of the chinese children? who builds their toys? are they forced to play with items which initially made their eyes sting and their hands bleed? do they even have time to play?

who made china the working man for the world? and shouldn’t we be  more upset that christmas–originally intended to honour a poor baby in a manger–helps to enslave millions of children every year?



  1. Meghan said,

    January 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    A sobering post today, Emily. Thank you.

  2. January 7, 2009 at 7:56 am


    Some Chinese children –the ones out in the public — are downright spoiled. China’s one child policy has produced a nation of “little emperors.”

    But who can know about the children we don’t see in China? The ones who work in factories. The ones who happen to be a second child to an urban family, either without options because they are “illegal” or abandoned because their family cannot see a way to keep them. The ones whose disabilities relegate them to orphanages at best, death at worst.

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