DIH is not sure what to think, really, of trade with China. On the one hand they're a bunch of Commie bastards; on the other hand, the more prosperous the average Cho gets, the less power the party bosses will have over him. Help the Ma and Pa businesses and screw Wen Jiabao, ultimately. I hope.
On the third hand...
My gorgeous daughter is making her First Holy Communion in a few weeks. In the dog-eat-dog world of First Communion shopping DIH was finally able to find a nice one that was a) in her size, b) not laughably over- priced and c) not make in China. Chinese-made mp3 players are one thing. But receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time in a dress made where believing in the Eucharist can land you in a concentration camp- no. Not going to happen in this family.
So this morning I'm sorting the laundry and listening to the Laura Ingraham Show, and Laura's talking about the Chinese crackdown in Tibet and does it make sense tobuy Chinese goods, and I think: Not me, girlfriend. I am righteous. I picked a dress made in South America, thank you very much. And then I found a veil, and--
And it dawned on me I didn't know where the veil was made.
So I checked the label.
And sure enough: "MADE IN CHINA."
I'm no saint, God knows. But I can't send my daughter up to receive Our Lord for the first time wearing a pretty white veil that for all I know was made by slave labor somewhere in the Laoghai.
So, Sophia and I are going to have to have a talk. (She loves the veil we bought. It has little fake pearls and don't have those nasty plastic combs that dig into your scalp.) We will talk about despicable things, like imprisoned bishops and murdered missionaries. And thenwe will throw the veil in the trash.
ANd then we'll go shopping again. And if we still can't find a non-Chinese First Communion veil-- uh-- is anybody out there good at arts and crafts?