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Chinese Made in the USA Tee — Pointed Critique or Pointless?

With all of the controversial news that's sprung to life out of China during these Olympics (protesting and grandmas facing labor camps, to name a few) this t-shirt encompasses a whole slew of thoughts behind the complicated nature of the relationship between China and the US.

The design is pretty cute — and the slogan, "Made in the USA" written in Chinese characters, makes a statement of its own. But between Chinese products causing trouble, manufacturing moving there, and China's growing economy, what appears to be a hipster fashion choice could very well have political implications.

What do you think? Would you wear the statement?

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lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
While I somewhat agree w/ the noted critique and stab at Chinese domination over the US, I chose other. I think this shirt stands for many of the countries overseas who have felt bullied by the US, and hence an attack at our democracy.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Exactly Kamiko, as soon as Obama raises the capital gains tax and everyone floods out of the stock market to secure their gains at a lower tax rate, the economy will turn around.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
I dont know if China is about to 'take over' anything, but obviously China is 'going up' while the USA is 'going down.' (Hopefully Obama will turn that around but its not going to be easy!) I would not wear that. The global economy is obviously a huge and multifaceted issue, and I wouldn't feel confident making a somewhat opinionated comment on it for everyone to see (well, everyone who can read Chinese). Its just too big an issue and I don't really know what my opinion is.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Jude, I would love to be a fly on that wall too! This is why you don't get something tattooed on you that you don't understand.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You too :wave: I shouldn't be on here, but we got a bit too crazy when going out last night, so it's a "stay in" night ;)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Good point! She must have looked the type who would want to sit and fight about it for half an hour. :rant: if you really cared. :oy: I've got to go, but have a great night. :cocktail:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Not at all! :) You're never slow. I don't think I was being nice about not telling her, was more of a case of "I don't want to deal with this, someone else will." ;)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I guess I'm a tad slow today :zzz:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Worse for her because we're in San Diego, and there are plenty of Chinese here!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Jude, you have to admit it would have been fun to see her face if you had told her, but really nice of you to hold back. If she was bragging about it too much, I'm not sure I would have had that kind of will power. Hopefully she'll be able to go on for years before another encounter with one versed in Chinese....of course, the way things are looking that could be tomorrow. :mob:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I bet there are a lot more than people realize, Michelin! ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That incident is the whole reason I don't trust friends of other nationalities to make tattoos for me. I had an Israeli friend who wrote out a whole thing for me--something from the Torah about being a "woman of valor"--and it was very sweet, but I just had too many doubts ;) And :ROTFL: kastarte--" Why does it say pig on your butt?" Sadly, I would pay money to be in the room when that happens!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Jude, that's too funny! I wish I could read Chinese just so I could spot gems like that.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
OMG A tramp stamp tattoo that says pig?!? That is terrible! The only thing worse would be dog. Maybe she will get lucky and not expose it to anyone who speaks chinese. Can you imagine her first time with a Chinese lover? " Why does it say pig on your butt?"
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I wonder if the tatoo artist was jealous. I think that would be worse than least pig's make good bacon ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
There's some NBA player with the word "Nothing" branded on himself. I wish I could remember who it was.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
:rotfl: It serves her right. I think if you don't know the symbol you should definitely look it up yourself before branding yourself with it...but then, maybe she was a pig :ponder: It's nice you have that edge of being able to read Chinese ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I fought with myself about it for about five minutes while we chatted, and then decided not to say was probably the wrong thing to do, but I just didn't want to be the person who pointed out that she was going to need thousands of dollars' worth of tattoo-removal procedures to get rid of that, because I'd never met her before that day. Did I mention it was a tramp stamp (lower back tattoo)? Yeah, probably the wrong thing to do. But it would just have been way too awkward!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
:rotfl: Did you tell the poor thing that she has to go through life branded with the word "pig"?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh, and good points all, Jazz Z.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Dude, I can read Chinese, and I have seen some ridiculous tattoos. Like the one that said, and I am not kidding, "PIG." The girl who had it thought it said, "Spirit." I don't know who was messing with her--maybe she had a Chinese "friend" who wrote out the character for her and the tattoo artist just did it without realizing what was happening--but all I could think was, "You poor baby. You are going to have a really hard time if you ever visit China or Taiwan." And thanks, Jazz Z. This woman just does not take a bad picture.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
...but Jude's probably right. Jude I'll miss your old avatar but your new one's really cute. :)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I guess I like to imagine young Americans who care what the symbols mean they're having tatooed on their bodies or caring what the foreign words they're wearing say and represent. Ignorance is not impressive. I noticed when Prince William wore an Afrika Korps tunic with a Nazi swastika armband to a party, its painful reminder was not lost on those affected by the Holocaust. I hope American's rather than just caring how things look will choose to support images that support a stronger United States of America....because if things keep going the way they have been, an image will be all the strength we have.
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