"Death by China" film shows where all the jobs have gone
Are you wondering where all the good jobs have gone? Why do we have less tax revenues creating an out-of-control Federal budget deficit? Why are you working harder for less money than you did in the 1990s?
Death by China, based on the book by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry, shows how the world's most populous nation and soon-to-be largest economy is rapidly turning into the planet's most efficient assassin through its shoddy and even poisonous products and environmental pollution. China's perverse form of capitalism combines illegal mercantilist and protectionist weapons to pick off American industries, job by job. Meanwhile, America's executives, politicians, and even academia remain silent about the looming threat. To read my full review of the book, click here.
Director Peter Navarro is an internationally acclaimed expert on U.S.-China relations, a regular contributor on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and the Huffington Post, and a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. Greg Autry is an entrepreneur, writer, and educator. He has published extensively on business, economics, trade policy, China and space. Greg serves as Senior Economist for the American Jobs Alliance and economist for the Coalition for a Prosperous America. Both Navarro and Autry have testified to the U.S. Congress on China issues.
To Navarro and Autry, the success of the film will be measured by the ability of the public to spur politicians to finally recognize that "the best jobs program for America is trade reform with China - not more empty fiscal and monetary stimulus."
The film review on "rottentomatoes" states, "Death by China pointedly confronts the most urgent problem facing America today - its increasingly destructive economic trade relationship with a rapidly rising China. Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can't find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world's largest totalitarian nation. Through compelling interviews with voices across the political spectrum, Death by China exposes that the U.S.-China relationship is broken and must be fixed if the world is going to be a place of peace and prosperity.
The New York Times review states, "The film, based on a book by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry and directed by Mr. Navarro, is blunt as can be in working the premise that the admission of China to the World Trade Organization in 2001 has been catastrophic for the American economy. The influx of Chinese goods has left American manufacturers unable to compete, the film says, and Chinese leaders have been brashly ignoring rules about things like currency manipulation to make sure that their country's products remain artificially cheap."
In this review article, Daniel M. Slane of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission said, "American companies cannot compete because they're not competing with Chinese companies, they're competing with the Chinese government."
The New York Post review states, "Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film looks at what it calls America's increasingly destructive trade relationship with China - we owe them $3 trillion - which goes back to the Asian nation's entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. We hear claims that instead of helping both lands, as President Clinton promised at the time, the deal has resulted in the loss of millions of American jobs and the influx here of shoddy, even deadly Chinese products. Death by China gives that nation a black eye for currency manipulation, intellectual-property theft, political persecution and serious environmental pollution."
Paste Magazine's review states, "With his Harvard pedigree and his acclaimed credentials, Navarro is an authority on the subject of the U.S.-China trade relationship. Death by China features him along with several geopolitical experts and activists spelling out exactly how and why this nation's corporate-political nexus sold out the American worker and consumer to the tune of thousands of factories, millions of jobs and trillions in debt owed to the Chinese.
And who're the losers in this scenario? Interviews with out-of-work factory workers, college graduates and with both Democratic and Republican legislators paint a picture of widespread blight as unemployment destroys communities and consumers find themselves without any choice but to buy Chinese-made goods."
Navarro commented: "My goal in creating the film is to draw attention to the urgent need for trade reform with China, and to ensure that it becomes a top priority for legislators. We hope to give the highest possible visibility to an issue that is all too often ignored by politicians, journalists and consumers alike - the incredibly corrosive loss of America's once formidable manufacturing base to a cheating China. The fact that our government has turned a blind eye to China's deceitful policies has had an enormously negative impact on the American economy and the standard of living of millions of Americans."
Francesca McCaffery of Blackbook Magazine said,"A truly life-changing, mouth-dropping documentary film...Peter Navarro's 'Death by China' grabs you by the throat and never lets go...But watch this movie, and you will, in turn, start glowing with a newfound, hit-on-your-head awareness."
The Hollywood Report review points out that "Narrator Martin Sheen warns upfront that it's important to "distinguish clearly between the good and hard-working people of China, and their repressive Communist government victimizing American and Chinese citizens alike."
Death by China made its theatrical debut in Los Angeles and New York in June of 2012 and played theatrically in over 50 cities across the U.S. including key manufacturing cities such as Akron, Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Youngstown and many more.
This was opposite of the typical course of documentary films being shown at festivals first and then in theaters. Navarro and Autry wanted to open the film in theaters throughout the swing states during the 2012 presidential election to draw attention to the issue China's exploitation of our economy.
After the election, Death by China made a series of festival appearances through the end of June 2013. All total, the film was shown at more than 25 festivals - from Beaufort, South Carolina; Macon, Georgia; and New York City to Green Bay, Wisconsin; Sedona, Arizona; and San Luis Obispo, California.
As part of its festival activity, the film garnered three best documentary awards from festivals in Beverly Hills, Durango, and Studio City. "It was a Best Doc nominee at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, was first runner up at the Myrtle Beach festival, and received a Golden Ace award from the Las Vegas Film Festival."
Don't miss the following opportunity to see this film. If you are not located in the region, please check the Death by China website for other screenings. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a screening, please contact Peter Navarro. Of course, you can also order the DVD to watch on your own TV.
The Coalition for a Prosperous America presents: A Screening of Death by China
A Documentary Film by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry
When: Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, Doors open 6:00 PM, event starts at6:30 PM.
Where: AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
(exit Carmel Valley Road off Int. 5)
Cost: $10.00 (refreshments served)
Michele Nash-Hoff is President of ElectroFab Sales and author, Can American Manufacturing be Saved? Why we should and how we can Available at www.savingusmanufacturing.com or www.amazon.com. She is a board member of American Jobs Alliance.