There is a hidden system that fuels China’s colossal economy: modern-day gulags. In telling the human stories behind why some of these people landed in present-day labor camps, the book reveals how it is the unrealized potential of political and religious dissidents that make it possible for us to pay low prices. When we casually purchase Made in China products, we are not only endorsing slave labor. As Western consumers, our spending habits may be hindering social progress in China.
My forthcoming book about the story behind the SOS note that Julie Keith found in a Kmart product will be published by Algonquin Books in 2020.