Where am I Wearing?A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes
Revised and Updated
A journalist travels the world to trace the origins of our clothes When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Where Am I Wearing? intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing readers to the human element of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—Where Am I Wearing bridges the gap between global producers and consumers. New content includes: a visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time; updates on how workers worldwide have been squeezed by rising food costs and declining orders in the wake of the global financial crisis; and the author's search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the first edition of the book Kelsey Timmerman speaks and universities around the country and maintains a blog at www.whereamiwearing.com. His writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio, and has aired on NPR. Enlightening and thought-provoking at once, Where Am I Wearing? puts a human face on globalization.
Preface xi Prologue: We Have It Made xv Part I The Mission 1 Chapter 1 A Consumer Goes Global 3 Chapter 2 Tattoo’s Tropical Paradise 13 Chapter 3 Fake Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Anti-Sweatshop Protestors 17 Part II My Underwear: Made in Bangladesh 21 Chapter 4 Jingle These 23 Chapter 5 Undercover in the Underwear Biz 31 Chapter 6 Bangladesh Amusement Park 37 Chapter 7 Inside My First Sweatshop 43 Chapter 8 Child Labor in Action 49 Chapter 9 Arifa, the Garment Worker 55 Chapter 10 Hope 63 Chapter 11 No Black and White, Only Green 69 Update for Revised Edition: Hungry for Choices 75 Part III My Pants: Made in Cambodia 79 Chapter 12 Labor Day 81 Chapter 13 Year Zero 87 Chapter 14 Those Who Wear Levi's 93 Chapter 15 Those Who Make Levi's 99 Chapter 16 Blue Jean Machine 111 Chapter 17 Progress 121 Chapter 18 Treasure and Trash 129 Update for Revised Edition: The Faces of Crisis 135 Part IV My Flip-Flops: Made in China 139 Chapter 19 PO'ed VP 141 Chapter 20 Life at the Bottom 149 Chapter 21 Growing Pains 159 Chapter 22 The Real China 169 Chapter 23 On a Budget 177 Chapter 24 An All-American Chinese Walmart 181 Chapter 25 The Chinese Fantasy 187 Update for Revised Edition: Migration 193 Part V Made in America 197 Chapter 26 For Richer, for Poorer 199 Update for Revised Edition: Restarting, Again 211 Chapter 27 Return to Fantasy Island 215 Chapter 28 Amilcar’s Journey 229 Chapter 29 An American Dream 237 Chapter 30 Touron Goes Glocal 249 Appendix A Discussion Questions 269 Appendix B Note to Freshman Me 275 Appendix C Where Are You Teaching?: A Guide to Taking Where Am I Wearing? to a Glocal Context 279 Acknowledgments 285
KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a freelance journalist and public speaker. He's spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, and taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR.
An Entertaining And Thought-Provoking Look Behind The Curtain Of The Global Economy When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know more about where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. In Where Am I Wearing?, Kelsey introduces you to the human side of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—and bridges the gap between global producers and consumers. Updates to this paperback edition include: The author's astonishing search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the book and who underwent a death-defying journey of love, sacrifice, and hope The lives of the factory workers and their families now, and how the global financial crisis affected them A visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time Discussion guide for teachers and educators, focusing on sweatshops, child labor, fair trade, individual and corporate social responsibility, and other global economic issues
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