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2012 in review – still not buying Chinese stuff

IMG_2490Dear wonderful readers,

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  Pretty interesting read for me.  Apparently people from over 53 countries have read this blog… which is simply ridiculous.

A little update before the report.  It is 2013.  I originally began this blog as a New Year’s resolution for 2012 to document my year of not buying things that were made in China.  And while I did write a few posts, I largely fell off the blogging bandwagon, even though I went so far as to go to China to do a bit of research.  My last post was in late July, which is pretty sad.

That said, I want you all to know two things.   First, I continued my China boycott right until the end of the year.  I didn’t give in.  There were one or two Chinese things that I  purchased accidentally, but otherwise, I was true to my goal.  In fact, I have found living without Chinese goods to be fairly easy if one is careful.  I even plan on continuing a boycott of sorts.  And second, I have continued writing blog posts.  I have a number of half-completed documents strewn about my desktop.  My New Year’s resolution for this year is to get these finished and get them out to you, especially the ones about my trip to China.  It was marvelous, I learned a lot, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

That is all for now.  Happy New Year!  Enjoy the report below.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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My New Year’s Resolution

Hi, my name is Josiah.  I am a history teacher living in Los Angeles.  One of the reasons why I became a teacher is because I love to learn and explore.  I came up with the idea of this blog in order to give myself a platform to investigate a niggling question: Can I survive without using things that were made in China?

Happy New Year!  Over the course of 2012, I have resolved to not buy or use anything that was made in China.  I am not doing this out of any dislike for the Chinese, their products, or their labor practices, but to see just how pervasive Chinese products are in the United States.  Can modern Americans live without goods from China?

I intend to find out.  Perhaps it will be easy.  Perhaps it won’t .  Either way, I expect to learn a lot.

Along the way, I intend to not only to abstain from purchasing products that were made in China, but also to get rid of everything that I currently own that is.  This will allow me to seek out alternative goods that weren’t made in China.  (To all my LA peeps, I don’t yet know when the “Great Purge” will commence, but I will sure you let you all know.  I promise you first dibs before Goodwill).

I figure that if I am wondering about this now, 40 years after President Nixon’s famous visit to China, I am likely not the only person to have done so.  This blog is for you, then.  And all the people who are interested in the wider implications of an increasingly globalized world.  And all the people who want to see me suffer without all the things we have taken for granted that were made in China.

Full Disclosure:  This blog will primarily be written on my MacBook.  There may be a few clever people out there who are thinking: “Aha!  He has already failed!  While MacBooks may be ‘Designed by Apple in California,’ they are most certainly ‘Made in China.’”  Indeed.  No comment.  Do allow me this one infraction.

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