Xmas Without China

Xmas Without China

DVD - 2013
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Exploring the intersection of consumerism and immigration in American culture, XMAS WITHOUT CHINA is an intimate portrait of families wrestling with our drive to consume cheap products, but also with our desire for human connection and a sense of who we are in a fast-changing world. Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Americans in his Southern California suburb to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. With deep ties to his extended family back home, Tom is incensed by how he considers China is misunderstood, particularly by the American media. But he gets more than he bargains for when he meets the Joneses, a young family trying to keep their children safe as a wave of Chinese toy recalls forces them to have their son tested for lead poisoning. The Joneses start to give up not just toys, plates, lamps, and clothes, but the beloved hair dryer, coffeemaker, X-Box, and many Christmas decorations, challenging the way they live everyday life and how they celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, Tom's parents are constructing a new home, proudly using Chinese materials to build their American dream. As they decorate for Christmas for the first time and the interactions between the Xias and the Joneses intensify, Tom realizes that he's on a deeper journey to understand the complexities of his own divided loyalties between America and China.
Publisher: Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781937772994
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (63 minutes) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Christmas without China [dvd]


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Dec 05, 2017

If Tom's point was to show that it is (nearly) impossible to celebrate Christmas without Chinese goods, he succeeded. However, he failed to demonstrate why we should buy Chinese products for any reason other than their ubiquity.
The premise of the film, having been made in 2013, is based on Chinese products (most specifically, toys) being unsafe. The film does not even touch on Chinese labor issues.
If you're looking for a documentary about the consumerism of Christmas, What Would Jesus Buy is a better bet.

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