Hello everyone, here is Miracle Mandarin. Today let us talk about ‘made in China’. Goods made in China can be seen everywhere but their quality is continuously called into question. So when all is said and done is ‘Made in China’ a good or bad thing? Why has it become the way it is today?
China has been called ‘the world’s factory’. According to Wikipedia 20% of goods for non-military use in the entire world come from China. Which is just about the same as the proportion of Chinese to the world’s population. Regardless of whether it is clothes and shoes or computers and mobile telephones, many goods carry a label saying ‘Made in China’. ‘Miracle Mandarin’ is also ‘Made in China’.
If one looks at Chinese goods using European standards, their quality is possibly not terribly good. Furthermore, products exported abroad are usually a little better in quality than those sold domestically. There are some factories in China whose primary goal is just to make a profit, and manufacturing good products is only a secondary objective. So if the product is made to the level where it “can be used” or “can be sold”, then that’s enough. In addition, owing to design-education being relatively backward, there are some Chinese factories that are yet to realise the importance of design, and in particular they don’t know they should respect the designs of others. As a result many copycat products have appeared. But China also has very good factories which conscientiously develop and manufacture goods. Apple’s computers and mobile phones are also manufactured in China, thus proving that China is capable of producing high-quality goods.
In the past labour in China was especially cheap, so foreign goods were manufactured in China. But now labour in China is no longer cheap and there are less and less orders from abroad. Now Chinese factories must manufacture their own goods so in the future ‘Made in China’ will be seen less and less, while ‘Designed in China’ will be seen more and more. Miracle Mandarin hope Chinese factories, companies, and enterprises will attach more and more importance to design and quality.
山寨 – From “China in Three Words” by Yu Hua and Allan H. Barr: The word here rendered as “copycat” (山寨) originally denoted a mountain hamlet protected by a stockade or other fortifications; later it acquired an extended meaning as a hinterland area, home to the poor. It was also the name once given to the lairs of outlaws and bandits, and the word has continued to have connotations of freedom from official control. In the past few years… the word “copycat” (山寨) has given the word “imitation” a new meaning, and at the same time the limits of the original sense… have been eroded, allowing room for it to acquire additional shades of meaning: counterfeiting, infringements, deviations from the standard, mischief and caricature… It would not be going too far to say that “copycat” (山寨) has more of an anarchist spirit than any other word in the contemporary Chinese language.
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