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Xmas wo China Ep Main

Watch as a Chinese immigrant challenges his neighbors to survive Christmas without Chinese products.

  • Original Broadcast: 11/11/2013

Program Description


Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products. The Jones family eagerly accepts this consumer mission-impossible and is drawn into an intercultural exchange with the Xia family. As the Joneses strive to adapt without their Chinese-made appliances and Christmas lights, Tom hopes that they’ll begin to appreciate his birthplace. When Tim Jones challenges Tom about his pride in communist China, Tom, struggling to explain China and go beyond the stereotypes, realizes he’s on a journey of self-discovery, torn between his competing loyalties to the U.S. and China. XMAS WITHOUT CHINA is a playful yet poignant exploration of America’s increasing interdependence with China in a time when, as President Obama says, “the relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century.”

Press Materials

  • What It Means to Be “Made in China” in Identity and as a Consumer During Christmas

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