Where Underpants Come From by Joe Bennett
From Cotton Fields to Checkout Counters -- Travels Through the New China and Into the New Global Economy

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W hen Joe Bennett bought a five-pack of 'Made in China' underpants in his local New Zealand hypermarket for $8.59, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. How many processes and middlemen are involved? Where and how are the pants made? And who decides on the absorbent qualities of the gusset?This book tells you all you need to know -- in fact, probably more -- about this mystery of global commerce. Leaving his supermarket trolley behind Joe embarks on an odyssey to the new factory of the world, China, to trace his pants back to their source. Along the way he discovers the extraordinarily balanced and intricate web of contacts and exchanges that makes global trade possible -- and rapidly elevating China to the status of world economic superpower. He also grapples with chopsticks, challenges his own prejudices and marvels at the contrasts in one of the world's oldest, but fastest changing, societies.Funny, wise and insightful, it is another wonderful journey from the author of A Land of Two Halves and Mustn't Grumble.

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Joe Bennett was educated at Brighton College and Cambridge University. After teaching English in a variety of countries he became a newspaper columnist and a writer of travel books. He lives in New Zealand.
Published September 9, 2008 by Simon & Schuster UK. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Travel, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A simplistic, often smarmy look at the new Chinese economy by New Zealand travel writer Bennett (Mustn't Grumble: An Accidental Return to England, 2007, etc.).

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Already most of us are clothed by China, shod by China, supplied with hardware by China, effectively in debt to China.

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