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"This very short book is, to my knowledge, the only anthropological volume yet available on the very important topic of China-made copy goods. As such, it is a welcome additoin to the literature...This is a fascinating book, one that I have much enjoyed reading."
Gordon Mathews, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

'should resonate with its intended audiences in global classrooms.'

'...an engaging classroom introduction, including solid questions for discussion and further work....Fake Stuff highlights the need to talk about this area in so many aspects of understanding China and its myriad flows worldwide.'
-Gary McDonogh, Bryn Mawr College in Asia Pacific World, vol 3 no 1

About the Author

Yi-Chieh Jessica Lin holds a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor of General Education at the National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan. She has published short stories and essays in various Chinese newspapers since 1994. She worked as a television reporter for China Television Company in the past and produced documentaries on post-earthquake reconstructions.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Work-Not Worth the Money 15 Feb. 2013
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would rate this as a 2.5 due but due to the short length, lack of depth and high price I cannot justify a rating of 3.

The author looks at the counterfeit industry and shows good examples of this. The author studied the knockoff phenomenon for a period of time, interviewed counterfeiters and presents this information. The examples given are fairly shallow and read more like a summary or semi-finished work.

The problem is that this book lacks any decent analysis whatsoever. I understand that this may be geared towards college students, but imho only freshmen or sophomores will find any use in it (for them this is a strong 3). Those who have done much research into the counterfeit phenomenon will be very disappointed in this work. For example, William Hennessey has a much better analysis of the situation and his paper can be found for free. Fan Yang has another great work on the subject albeit with a slightly different focus, and their paper is free as well.In addition, while doing research on the topic, I found many other free papers which seem to be very similar to this book. This being the case, I see little value add in the way the author treats the subject and thus no compelling reason to recommend it.

I would not recommend this book for anyone who is looking for analysis or has even a little experience with the subject. I would also suggest that most business people who have dealt with China would find little substance in this book.

First and second year college students and those with little knowledge of the subject will enjoy this, however.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview on counterfeit goods. 1 July 2015
By M. Empie - Published on Amazon.com
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Gives a good historical background and relevant points to this problem that is hard to track. I needed it for a class, so it is a short, to the point read.
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