Here’s a challenge for you. Before the Christmas holiday season gets into full swing and parking is at a premium, go out shopping with a “possible list” of things that you might buy as gifts this year and see if you can fill that list without buying items made in China.
That’s premise behind documentary filmmaker Alicia Dwyer’s Xmas Without China, which is on its way to DVD from Icarus Films on Dec. 8 (just in time for Christmas).
Tom Xia was born China, but immigrated to the United States with his family. He still has the cultural ties, but has integrated fairly well into the Southern California lifestyle. His gives his neighbors (filmed in and around Arcadia) a challenge, to shop for Christmas without buying products “Made in China.” His neighbors, Evelyn and Tim, accept the challenge … and away we go.
But it goes beyond that, the couple remove all of their “Made in China” purchases (accumulated over the years) and start afresh to complete the task. As with most “journeys,” it is the getting there and not the final destination that proves to be the most interesting.