Dear faithful readers, the Made in China Project is back! In reality, it never went anywhere. I have not crumbled under the pressure of not buying Chinese-made goods! I have stuck to my New Year’s Resolution and am still living Chinese goods free (mostly, my few accidental transgressions will be chronicled soon).
My last post back in March announced that the Great Purge was near. The Great Purge did not happen. But life did happen. In early March, my girlfriend and I split up. As you could imagine, this took its emotional toll. The last thing I wanted to do was go through my apartment and tear it to shreds. Good news though, she and I are still friends, and she is still a fan of the Made in China Project!
I apologize for the absence, but I am back… back in a big way. I have very exciting news. I am going to China! No seriously. I am going to China in five days.
Here’s the deal. There is a company called Rustic Pathways that takes high school kids and dumps them in “rustic” locales around the world for the summer. Apparently traveling to amazing foreign places is supposed to wildly affect your outlook on life. Whatever.
Anyway, I applied for a job with them back around Christmas time. They called me a few weeks ago and asked me if I would be interested in taking a group of kids to China. I asked them if they had read my blog, because the timing and location of their job offer was just too damn perfect. They hadn’t. Whatever.
So I am going to China. Just applied for my visa a few days ago. Here is the icing on the cake, the fortune in the cookie: I was hired as a Flight Leader. I am only responsible to get the kids back and forth from San Francisco to Hong Kong. The kids join up with Program Leaders in country. They are the ones that do all the heavy lifting of looking after kids. Me? I’m free for 10 days until I have to take them back home. What shall I do with all the free time?
Since getting the invite, I have done a bit of networking and favor asking. I found a few people who live in China who are willing to take me to some factories and give me a tour! So far, I have a footwear tour in Hong Kong set up (with a big company that you have definitely heard of), as well as two tours at textile and apparel factories in Shanghai.
I am stoked out of my mind, but reader, be warned. I cannot promise anything. I can promise that I will take some pretty pictures of me gallivanting around China. I can’t promise that the factory tours will happen, or if I will be able to take pictures. This is China, they are an authoritarian state. I will be trying my best; I want to bring you the goods. But we will have to see what happens.
Full Disclosure: I can’t disclose who has helped me get the tours because I don’t want to annoy their employers. Sorry. Also, Rustic Pathways is not endorsing me in any way.