Being sensitive that this is a touchy subject, I do want to voice a very personal thought that I have, and that is, as a Chinese-American, I find that I am uncomfortable when people talk about "knockoffs" from China. I'm not saying that we shouldn't call cheap knockoffs cheap knockoffs nor should we condone such illegal and immoral activity. I buy authentic watches and make it a point to buy only authentic.
Maybe it's just me, and maybe I'm taking this too personally, but I feel like it's gotten to my psyche somewhat and I feel like the zeitgeist of cheap counterfeits, or, for that matter, cheap anything from authentic electronics to toys from China has made me look like a cheap knockoff in the eyes of people in my industry when it comes to work, or being a "knockoff" friend to my friends, or being a "knockoff" boyfriend to my girlfriend.
Case in point, you hear the same "cheap from China" and "knockoff from China" language in movies to TV to radio to newspapers and etc., etc., at the expense of those of us of Chinese heritage who are trying to add value and contribute to society in an honest and significant way.
I would like to hear from those of us who are Chinese, or Chinese-American, or Chinese-anything, how you deal and cope. Those of us who are non-Chinese, I'd love to hear your opinions or any thoughts you might care to share as well.
Obviously, this zeitgeist will not change for a very long time, for, though China may be a fast-growing economy with a GDP that is set to overtake the US's soon, it's per capita income, while rising quickly, will remain low for a very long time, keeping the country the world's low-cost manufacturer for a very long time.
And its counterfeit problem, while I wish it could be eradicated as I can appreciate the importance of designing and marketing the iconic sub or tank or calatrava, I feel that China's government has bigger fish to fry, namely, economic growth and reform, energy, pollution and a whole host of other priorities before it can get to the counterfeit problem. Thus, the problem, unfortunately, is here to stay for a very long time, as well.
So, my aim here is not to change the labeling, but merely to talk about how maybe I could change my self-perception.
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