Reflections on Mardi Gras: Made in China

On Tuesday during class, we watched Mardi Gras: Made in China, a documentary about how the beads used in the Mardi Gras carnival are made in the factory in China.
Mardi Gras is a carnival held in New Orleans. People would use beads to trade for a view of the naked female body. One of the key components of this carnival is the beads around people’s neck. However, when asked about where the beads come from, almost every people shake their head. The young female worker in a factory worker shakes her head also when asked about where these beads are sold to. They woke up early in the morning, working hard in the factory, and earn their wages. They are not allowed to chat with each other, and using the toilet too often would also be punished. The machines they use are very dangerous; in the documentary, a girl introduce the machine she is using by saying that if she put her hand in the wrong place, the machine would cut her hand off. Also, the material used to make those colorful beads were harmful to human body. However, all the workers that are producing the beads are exposed to those toxic without any protection procedure. Compared to the price at which beads were sold, their wages were extremely low; those young female workers are not paid the values they produced. But they have no choice. To make me sadder, after the carnival, few people would take the beads home; most of the beads would be left on the street to be cleaned as trash.

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By filming the harsh conditions the young Chinese female workers work on, and the strict rules they have to follow while they are working, and the wages they were paid, the documentary evokes the problem brought by economic globalization. Human labors are cheap in China because there are so many people there, so, as a country which is known for exportation, China became a factory for the world. We can see Made in China things everywhere, but no one would consider the situation that the workers facing. If China had not transformed its economy, the workers would never be freed from that kind of harsh life.
So, although globalization brought benefits for many countries: by trading with another country, we could have the best efficiency producing goods. But for some people in certain countries, the trade is never fair. They made most values, but they were paid least. And the benefits and drawbacks of globalization would always be an issue to talk about at this point.Image result for globalization


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