Globalization can have both positive and detrimental effects to nations. Free trade and economic integration are some of the aspects promoting economic globalization. Most countries benefit from globalization through growth of its wealth and modernization. However, globalization can lead to harmful effects on a country and its population. The major effect of globalization is promotion of international trade. The growth of international trade is on the contrary detrimental to some countries as it leads to increase in the rates of unemployment. The china’s economy has greatly developed but on the other hand, unemployment effect is high. Both economics and state relate to expand capitalism and promote globalization. The results are increased disparities among people as some benefit from the globalization and others left disadvantaged.

In the film, ‘Mardi Gras: Made in China’, the disparities are evident. They exist between the laborers producing beaded necklaces in China and the people who went to themselves in New Orleans in the movie. The film is about Chinese sweat shops which manufacture strings of bead. The teenage girls use the beads during ‘Mardi Gras’ in New Orleans to flash out their flesh. People had gathered to celebrate and party with plenty of food and drinks. They would exchange the beaded necklaces with dollars. The film takes the viewers from oversees to Fuzhou in China where the beaded necklaces are produced. Most of the laborers are teenage girls as the workers cited easy control in their selection. However, after sale of the beaded necklaces, the workers in china do not benefit. The responsibility for cross border wrongful acts is a private matter concerning only those affected (Steger 62).

Despite their tiresome work to produce the beads in the factory, their earnings benefited their families, as earnings were little. The working conditions do not favor them either. A ten percent pay cut was applied on the workers if they did not meet the production target further deteriorating their financial status. It is a clear demonstration of the negative effects of globalization as some people benefit while others do not. Owners of the beads factory and the partygoers from US benefit from the beads but on the other hand, the workers are disadvantaged.

At the end of the film, the teenage laborers are amazed to find the necklaces costing a thousand times of their payments in the factory. The social inequality troubled US women in the party and threatened to take off the beads. However, one of the importers of the beads was comfortable as he relates the disparities of economic globalization to the trade between china and US. Globalized capitalistic economies in countries lead to increases in competition for labor due to increase in manufacturing opportunities .The movie explores various circumstances where privileged benefit whereas the disadvantaged continue to suffer. Despite getting labor in the bead factory, teenage women suffered exploitation. These are some of the effects of globalization.

— Ingrid


A List of suggestions for assignment 2:

American Jobs (2004)

Argentina’s Economic Collapse (2001)

Blue Gold (2009)

China Blue (2005)

DVD at UCSD library  FVLDV 5257-1

The Economics of Happiness (2011) (for $5)

FLOW: For the Love of Water (2008)

Global Metal (2008)

Globalization is Good (2003)

Happy (2011)

Netflix Instant

Life and Debt (2001)

Hulu / UCSD Library FVLDV 0724-1

Life in a Day (2011)

Netflix Instant

Manufactured Landscapes (2007)


Mondovino (2005)

The New Rulers of the World (2001)

One Day on Earth (2012)

Netflix Instant

Squeezed (2007)

Sushi: the Global Catch (2012)

Netflix instant

The Take (2004)

This is What Democracy Looks Like

We are Legion (2012)

Textile workers (Edward Burtynsky)

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