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Are your kids barefoot?
Why do you not buy Made in China?
But lots of other countries are just as bad as China on those issues…
How long do you plan to do NMiC?
What about Christmas?
Don't you worry your kids will hate people from China?
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Are your kids barefoot?

Yes, it seems like 99% of kids shoes are made in China. We’ve found that Nike and Reebok still make shoes is a few places other than China (although mostly Indonesia and Vietnam).

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Why do you not buy Made in China?

See the “Why Not Made in China” page. The short answer – because the government of China does not handle human rights, religious freedom, child, environmental issues, and lots of other things in what we consider a just manner.

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But lots of other countries are just as bad as China on those issues…

True. Some might even be worse on some counts. Hence our soccer ball dilemma. (Try to find one not made in China or Pakistan.) But starting somewhere is better than not doing anything. If someday we stop buying from all of the countries that worry us, our kids probably will be barefoot.

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How long do you plan to do NMiC?

We don’t know. Maybe until China is a democracy. Or until we stop.

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What about Christmas?

Ok, we confess that here we’re a little unorthodox. We don’t do Santa Claus. However our children do get presents – usually tons of them once you factor in grandparents, uncles and aunts, etc. The NMiC twist is this: they don’t necessarily (or really ever) get what they ask for. The presents they get are chosen by Mom, Dad and relatives, based on lots of other criteria besides “I want it.”

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Don't you worry your kids will hate people from China?

No. They understand that it's the government, not the people.

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