img_3253The scene at the port was surreal and both awe-inspiring and almost perverse, when you think that the majority of those containers are likely filled with consumer goods that we really do not need; and yet we are in the ironic position where the US and even world economies apparently depend on getting back to a point where we are buying these toys, trinkets and luxury items. It reminded me of a story when I was interning at the Oregonian, where a container had spilled from a ship and Spiderman figures were washing up on beaches by the hundreds. The below story from The Atlantic gives a good glimpse of China and global manufacturing.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200707/shenzhen/3

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