Where Am I Wearing? : A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-24
  • Publisher: Wiley

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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 authors 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 Cond Nast Portfolio, and has aired on NPR. Enlightening and thought-provoking at once, Where Am I Wearing? puts a human face on globalization.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Prologue: We Have It Madep. xv
The Missionp. 1
A Consumer Goes Globalp. 3
Tattoo's Tropical Paradisep. 13
Fake Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Anti-Sweatshop Protestorsp. 17
My Underwear: Made in Bangladeshp. 21
Jingle Thesep. 23
Undercover in the Underwear Bizp. 31
Bangladesh Amusement Parkp. 37
Inside My First Sweatshopp. 43
Child Labor in Actionp. 49
Arifa, the Garment Workerp. 55
Hopep. 63
No Black and White, Only Greenp. 69
Update for Revised Edition: Hungry for Choicesp. 75
My Pants: Made in Cambodiap. 79
Labor Dayp. 81
Year Zerop. 87
Those Who Wear Levi'sp. 93
Those Who Make Levi'sp. 99
Blue Jean Machinep. 111
Progressp. 121
Treasure and Trashp. 129
Update for Revised Edition: The Faces of Crisisp. 135
My Flip-Flops: Made in Chinap. 139
PO'ed VPp. 141
Life at the Bottomp. 149
Growing Painsp. 159
The Real Chinap. 169
On a Budgetp. 177
An Ail-American Chinese Walmartp. 181
The Chinese Fantasyp. 187
Update for Revised Edition: Migrationp. 193
Made in Americap. 197
For Richer, for Poorerp. 199
Update for Revised Edition: Restarting, Againp. 211
Return to Fantasy Islandp. 215
Amilcar's Journeyp. 229
An American Dreamp. 237
Touron Goes Glocalp. 249
Discussion Questionsp. 269
Note to Freshman Mep. 275
Where Are You Teaching!: A Guide to Taking Where Am I Wearing? to a Glocal Contextp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
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