Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The China Price "should reside on a bookshelf in every household where the words “Made in China” appear." That's from a great review of the book in Cairns Media Magazine. Cairns says the book is the exception to the rule that business books are "as fascinating as dog droppings." High praise indeed. Read the review here.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
For those of you with enough patience to navigate through this page, my appearance on Fox Business Network talking about the meaning of "the China price" to all of us and the issues in product safety is available here.
I was on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show a few days ago and really enjoyed it. Check out the lively debate about China and its manufacturing sector that sprung up on the website afterwards. Listen to the show and read the online debate here.
The China Price made it onto the Voice of America, quoting me speaking in Washington about rising prices from China - a theme I've been repeating in my talks here, and one I'm quick to stress is not such bad news, as long as it means that workers in China are getting a better deal. Check out the article here.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Greetings from New York! The China Price made it into two big newspapers today. The Dallas Morning News ran an excerpt from the Slate piece I wrote a few weeks ago about rising Chinese prices - clearly a big issue at a time when everyone in the US is already worried about rising gas prices. Read the excerpt here. Separately, The Washington Post Outlook section ran a charticle I compiled about Chinese and Americans' varying use of language to describe the same concepts. It's not online, as far as I can tell, but if you get a copy of Sunday, April 20th's Washington Post, it's in the Outlook section.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Howard French, perhaps my favorite columnist, has a great piece on China and the recent international criticism over Tibet today in the International Herald Tribune, and therefore perhaps the New York Times. He talks about how Chinese people are the real victims here - not because they are being criticized, but because such open criticism is not permitted in China. A great piece. Read it here.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The book made its first cameo in France yesterday during an interview I did with Shanghai-based French journalist Carrie Nooten. The piece, which aired on France Inter, is about Chinese migrant workers, the 200 million people who have moved from the countryside to the cities in search of better paying jobs and whose herculean efforts are at the heart of The China Price. The name of the show is "et pourtant elle tourne". Just in case you were thinking of listening to the broadcast but were dreading hearing me speak that beautiful language poorly: I speak English, not French. Listen to the interview here.
"'The China Price' is a must-read for anyone sourcing or operating in China as well as those engaged in corporate social responsibility initiatives in the country. It’s also a book anyone who considers themselves an ethical or concerned consumer should read." So says Paul French in The Ethical Corporation magazine in a very positive review. Read the review here.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I just did an hour-long live Q&A session on FT.com. FT readers are really smart! They asked great questions. Check out the session and my responses here. Before that, I did a signing at Bookazine here in Hong Kong where we sold out of all of their copies of the book within an hour or so!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Slate has published a piece I wrote about rising Chinese factory prices and what they mean for American consumers (hint: it means we're all going to be paying more for everyday goods for some time to come). Check out the piece here.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I just did a live appearance with John Batchelor, the radio show host, on KFI 640 AM in Los Angeles. John really enjoyed the book, and was a big fan of the You Tube trailer. Check it out in the links section below.
The wonderful Holly McHugh sent in this picture of The China Price on the shelves at Powell's - the favorite bookstore of everybody I know in the Pacific Northwest. It's a little bit Where's Waldo, but if you're reading this blog, you know the cover of my book well. Now, if only we could get them to move the book a little higher on the shelves, closer to eye level ...
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
The Financial Times ran an excerpt of the book in today's paper. The selection is about Li Luyuan, a factory worker turned real estate agent. The piece ran on the front page of the Life & Arts section internationally and in the magazine in the UK. You can find the excerpt here.
Check out today's edition of the Financial Times (Friday, April 4, 2008) for a beautiful advertisement for The China Price excerpt. The excerpt will run in the Saturday, April 5 paper in the Life & Arts section internationally and in the FT magazine in the UK.
Yesterday morning, National Public Radio in the US ran a discussion between me and Frank Langfitt, an NPR reporter who used to be based in China and recently went back to visit some factories in the south. Listen to the seven-minute story here.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The bookstore Bookazine has put together this flier to promote my signing at their shop in Hong Kong's Prince's Building on April 9th from 6:30pm onwards. I believe there are even free drinks.
"Anyone running a company that outsources manufacturing to China, or is thinking of doing so, needs to read this book."
So says Morgen Witzel in this morning's FT of The China Price. Calling the book "well-written", Witzel concludes that "Harney provides a valuable insight into the worst problems of outsourcing and how they occur. Change is needed, and change will come; we must begin to prepare for it."
Read the review here.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Paul French of Access Asia, the market research consultancy in Shanghai, has written a review of The China Price in the next issue of Ethical Corporation magazine. More on that to come once the magazine is published ...