China’s Upton Sinclair

Whenever I read any negative news articles about China, I don’t see a society too different from the one we celebrate in America. From a business, legal and political perspective, some analysts may contend that America and China are polar opposites. But, that is not the case. In fact, we are traveling along the same path. The difference is that China is a few steps behind. That’s all.

So, the latest episode involves the use of melamine by Chinese manufacturers in animal feed. That and the occasional mass food poisonings of humans that occur in China but do not garner as much press as when American dogs and cats get ill. Well, we’ll just have to wait for China’s Upton Sinclair to write a Chinese version of The Jungle.

4 comments… add one
  • micheal cornelius May 10, 2007 Link

    hi, i have a query. how is the remittance business there in china/hong kong? what are the legal provision (hong kong law) which provide for a license (if one is needed) to operate such a business? great thanks!

  • Cecilia Jul 23, 2007 Link

    The Chinese version of Upton Sinclair? Try Zhou Qing (more details about him here: who recently published stories behind food scare… I wonder if this will be available in English soon.

  • Paul Apr 12, 2010 Link

    I think China has produced several Upton Sinclairs. They are all serving time in labor/re-education prisons. I also think it is kind of silly for someone to say that a singular society like China with cultural ideologies that predate Jesus by half a millenia is “a few steps behind” anything in the West. For better or worse, China is very different from Western countries.

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