Chinese School Episode 2 – BBC Documentary

Chinese university entrance exams are intense as hell. It’s of note that the most successful student, Wu Yufei, is extremely pessimistic of her final score but ends up overachieving, as was expected by her parents and teachers. There is also a lot of touching stuff in the documentary about parents hopes for their kids and even more time give to the perspective of the young people.


Clothing Haul!!!

Adam Ruins Everything Episode 22: Why Fast Fashion Fails Us


I got a lot out of this interview with Laura E McAndrews on the Adam Ruins Everything podcast episode about fast fashion. From the high turnover rate of disposable-by-design clothes to what happens to our clothing once donated, industry practices are as reprehensible as you ought to have imagined.

A big takeaway for me was regarding clothing donations:

We flood markets primarily in African nations with second-hand clothing which undermines their economies and the livelihood of local clothing producers. This impact was also brought up regarding TOM’s shoes “1 for 1” program and is characteristic of much of our foreign assistance in other sectors like food supply.

More typically though, our thrifted clothing goes to landfill.

Anyhow, the podcast was a good overview of the pitfalls of fast fashion. More on this later.