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 is it a good thing or bad thing that all said and done is ‘Made in China’? Why has it become the way it is today?
Is it a good thing or bad thing when all said and done is made in China
China has been called ‘the world’s factory’ for years. According to Wikipedia, 20% of goods for non-military use in the entire world come from China. The figure is just about the same as the proportion of Chinese to the world’s population. Regardless of what kind of stuff it is, many goods carry a label -- ‘Made in China’. ‘Miracle Mandarin’ is also ‘Made in China’.
If Chinese goods are judged by 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 poor design-education, some Chinese factories are yet to realise the importance of design and in particular they don’t know to respect the designs of others. As a result, many copycat products appear. But China also has very good factories which conscientiously develop and manufacture goods. Apple’s computers and mobile phones are manufactured in China. Therefore, it proves that China is capable of producing high-quality goods.
Labor in China was especially low-cost in the past, so many foreign goods were manufactured in China. But now labor in China is no longer cheap and orders from abroad are on the decrease. Now Chinese factories begin to manufacture their own goods so in the future there will be less ‘Made in China’ and more ‘Designed in China’. Miracle Mandarin hope Chinese factories, companies and enterprises will attach more and more importance to design and quality.
Special Notes:
山寨 – From “China in Three Words” by Yu Hua and Allan H. Barr. The word here rendered as “copycat” (山寨) and originally denoted a mountain hamlet protected by stockades 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. 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 acquiring 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 words in the contemporary Chinese language.
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