When I started Chunks, I knew two things:
I love manufacturing in China and I didn’t feel like I should have to hide that.
As much as I have always loved to create, I’ve always been aware of the loads of waste that comes from manufacturing.
The purpose of this blog is to continue that conversation. Chinese manufacturing rarely comes up in our day to day conversation even though it's an indisputable part of our everyday lives.
Chinese manufacturing is not just fast fashion and cheap electronics. Do you own an iphone? A computer? How about your furniture? Books? Look in your kitchen: your tofu, tea, fruit and vege, rice and wheat.
Manufacturing in general is a pretty opaque topic mostly due to companies wanting to keep a lid on their proprietary information and people just being pretty removed from the process.
Chinese manufacturing has come a LONG way in a SHORT time. When China opened for business as a manufacturing hub to the world in the late ‘60s- early ‘70s, the country was still perceived as a third world country. In just 50 years, they are now a close second to America in GDP and are poised to take over as the number one economic powerhouse in just a few short years.** It’s not a matter of if, it’s WHEN. An extremely interesting, well done primer to the history and impact of the Chinese industrial revolution can be easily consumed on Netflix’s History 101, episode 3, titled ‘The Rise of China.’
Netflix’s History 101, episode 3, The Rise of China.
I don't exactly know what I want this blog space to be yet but I hope it ends up to be a productive space to hold us accountable and to also share resources that may override whatever stigma we hold about where something is made.
*Brotherton-Bunch, Elizabeth. The U.S. Imports A Lot of Food from China— and You Might Be Surprised What’s on the List. Alliance for American Manufacturing. 9/23/14 with 2020 addendum.
**Netflix Original Series. History 101, episode 3, ‘The Rise of China.’ 2020.
***Cover photo credit: Itzel Pastrana