Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Amelia Pang is a journalist who has been published in The New Republic, Mother Jones, and The New York Times Sunday Review, among other publications. She is also the author of Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods, which documents China’s forced labor system. Her book was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award co-administered by Columbia Journalism School and the Neiman Foundation for journalism at Harvard University. In this lightly edited Q&A, we discussed an SOS note found in Halloween decorations that were made in China, the past and present realities of China’s Laogai system, and steps every consumer can take to impact the global labor system. Amelia PangIllustration by Kate Copeland Q: Your book opens with a woman in Oregon, opening up Halloween decorations to find an SOS message from a political prisoner in a Chinese labor camp. How did you come across that story and what first made Subscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.