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Teddy Bear Films
Read about the non-profit organization started by CHINA BLUE filmmaker Micha Peled and the documentaries that it produces.
PBS.org: STORE WARS: Sweatshop Profiles
In STORE WARS: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town, Micha Peled tackled the same topics presented in CHINA BLUE, but from the consumer perspective. The film takes a look at the populist spirit that engulfs a small Virginia town when retail giant Wal-Mart comes knocking, blueprints in hand. Get facts on Wal-Mart and a profile of U.S. companies' working conditions in Chinese factories.
China: A Cultural Geography
Get facts and a brief summary of China’s contemporary history.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Workers pay price for China's economy
This 2005 article draws links between China’s economic growth, foreign trade and labor conditions.
The Washington Post: Chinese Workers Pay for Wal-Mart's Low Prices
Written in 2004, this article takes at look at Wal-Mart supplier factories in China and the relationship between multinational corporations and worker abuses.
China Digital Times: Primary school students work in a factory more than ten hours a day
This 2006 article reports on children working in factories in China.
BusinessWeek Online: Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops
Read a 2005 article on how cursory factory inspections help conceal abuses at
sweatshops abusing Chinese labor.
Crouching Dragon: UNCTAD Report Weights Up Opportunities and Difficulties Facing China in World Trading System
Get an overview of some of the pros and cons of China's entry into the WTO from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Sweatshops and Globalization
What is the WTO?
Learn more about the official definitions of the WTO and its membership.
Challenging Corporate Power, Asserting the People’s Rights (pdf)
Learn more about how corporate capitalism, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have impacted poorer countries around the world in this lesson plan, which includes articles on globalization and the poor.
The New York Times: Suit Says Wal-Mart Is Lax On Labor Abuses Overseas
Originally printed in The New York Times in 2005, this article profiles a lawsuit filed by a labor rights group against Wal-Mart.
Global Exchange: 20/20 Transcript: The Shame of Saipan
This transcript from a 1999 report on ABC’s 20/20 exposes labor violations at sweatshops in Saipan.
The Nation: Taking Heat for Sweatshops
Read a 2005 article from The Nation on Wal-Mart’s labor abuses.
Human Rights Organizations
Human Rights in China
Human Rights in China (HRIC) is an international, Chinese, non-governmental organization with a mission to promote universally recognized human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in China. Find out about ethical globalization, legal reform and more.
Human Rights Watch: Asia: China and Tibet
Read an overview of human rights issues in China and Tibet, as well as articles and other relevant publications.
China Labor Watch
Get the latest news and reports on labor rights in China regarding sweatshops, mines, migrant workers and Wal-Mart factories.
Behind the Label
Behind the Label is a multimedia news website covering the stories of people fighting for fundamental human and labor rights against the goliath global clothing industry.
International Labor Rights Fund
ILRF is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide.
Co-Op America’s Ending Sweatshops Program: What to Know
This FAQ regarding sweatshop labor can also serve as a resource educating others about sweatshop labor.
Sweatshop Watch serves low-wage workers nationally and globally, with a focus on eliminating sweatshop exploitation.
Feminists Against Sweatshops: Frequently Asked Questions About Sweatshops
This fact sheet on sweatshops answers questions regarding labor practices and sweatshop alternatives.
Diamond Gusset Jeans
The online store from this jeans company that manufactures in the United States.
Union Jean Company
This union-made apparel company aims to “service the garment needs of American individuals, union locals and their members.”
This company manufactures 100 percent union-made apparel in the U.S., Canada and the developing world: “We can provide a living wage AND a competitive product, but only if we keep advertising costs next to nil.”
This quarterly newsletter reports on sustainability trends in fashion, taking a deeper
look at how design trends interact with sustainable economic development, culture and
traditions, environment and politics. The Spring 2007 issue features an interview with CHINA BLUE filmmaker Micha Peled.
China at the Crossroads
By Peter Nolan
(Polity Press, 2004)
This book on China in the 21st century argues the country’s complex problems are the consequence of its rapid growth.
China's Global Reach: Markets, Multinationals, and Globalization
By George Zhibin Gu
Read case studies on global multinationals doing business in China, including Wal-Mart, Sony, G.E., Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Ford, HSBC, Intel and Microsoft.
Profits and Principles: Global Capitalism and Human Rights in China
By Michael A. Santoro
(Cornell University Press, 2000)
This book investigates the dilemmas on doing business in China despite human rights issues and the compromises that firms take in pursuit of profits.
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