Asia Society invites you to a film and panel discussion:
Mardi Gras: Made in China
A documentary by David Redmon
(2004, 70m, Video)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 6:30 p.m.
Asia Society & Museum at 725 Park Avenue, New York City
In the upsurge of globalization, foreign investment and trade have poured into China steering the country’s export industry to a peak. However, as the documentary Mardi Gras: Made in China shows, there is another side to China’s growth, particularly its impact on real people and local places, such as in factories where the system conceals grave breaches of labor rights. The film tracks the bead trail from the world_s largest bead factory located in Fuzhou, China to Bourbon Street, New Orleans during the Mardi Gras. The film reveals varying perspectives, including those of the women working in the factory, the business owner and factory manager, and subsequently, shows the candid impressions of the bead-wearing revelers in the U.S. upon seeing the dismal working conditions of the factory workers in China.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that looks at issues related to labor and the impact of globalization in China. The event will challenge the notion of China’s obstacle-free economic rise and expansion and will take a closer look at the linkages between labor and rights. What have been some of the realities of globalization and industrial production? How can inequities, such as the challenge to securing social safety nets and improving the status of labor in China, be addressed? How can wealth created by the business world be more inclusive in the globalization process?
David Redmon, Filmmaker
Owen D. Nee, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Mark Levinson, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, UNITE-HERE
Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China; Professor, CUNY Law School (Moderator)
[a former member]
2005-11-03 10:34:07 UTC
Jun 24 2006
22 Nov 2005 00:11