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Unformatted text preview: Kate Campbell Global Perspectives Reading Response 5 March 10, 2008 In chapters four, five, and six of Travels of a T-shirt in a Global Economy Pietra Rivoli actually goes to China and investigates the mills in which the cotton is turned into thread and then the t-shirts are made. Two major points of interest in the three chapters were Rivoli’s description of the textile mills in China and the history of the textile mills in America in what Rivoli refers to as “the race to the bottom” (80). Rivoli initially almost romanticizes the mills in China. She describes the feel and the smell of the cotton as something irresistible in Shanghai Number 36 Cotton Yarn Factory. This appeal to sensory in her writing almost takes away from the negatives of the factory that she states. For example she writes about the deafening noise of the factory, the lack of air and instead “dusty steam,” and the “Communist Green” color of the factory (Rivoli, 65). Yet from there she goes on to talk about the “impossible not to touch” yarn, and the “comforting,” “musty-sweet...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course FL 223 taught by Professor Krick-aigner/pollack during the Spring '08 term at Wofford.
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