Xmas Without China

63 minutes 2013

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In this documentary, producer Tom Xia, a Chinese-born man living in the U.S., challenges a middle-class family to survive the month of December without using anything made in China. This proves difficult for the family, which abandons the majority of its electronics—everything from the toaster to the father's beloved Xbox—and celebrates Christmas without Chinese products. The gimmicky premise raises interesting questions about American consumerism and cultural identity, yet Xia and director Alicia Dwyer subscribe to an amorphous political agenda, presenting half-baked ideas about materialism and global economics without ever addressing the roots of these subjects. Many of the scenes are obviously staged, which makes the content seem even more paltry. In English and subtitled Mandarin.

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