Chopsticks For China, Made in America 美国为中国制造筷子


在美国,有很多商品都是中国制造的。但是在乔治亚州的一家小公司制造传统的筷子,然后把他们美国制造的筷子运到中国去。

在亚洲的一些国家里,人们使用筷子来吃东西。通常,筷子是用木头或者塑胶来制造的。而中国是世界上最大的筷子制造国。每年有好几百家中国厂商一共制造大约六百三十亿双筷子,这些筷子制造厂需要大量的木材。

在中国和日本的一些地方已经缺乏木材,而美国的乔治亚州却有很多很多的木材。乔治亚州的木材具有适合制造筷子的颜色。如果使用亚洲出产的木材来制造筷子,很多工厂必须使用化学品或者漂白剂把木材的颜色弄淡一些,而乔治亚州的木材本身的颜色就很浅。

在乔治亚州的一个名为阿美丽克斯的一个城市里有一个小公司,觉得他们有解决木材短缺的方法。这个公司的名字就叫“乔治亚筷子公司”。

他们是为出口到中国而制造筷子。李健先生,一位韩裔美国人,是这家公司的总裁。他说,世界筷子市场是巨大的,而在乔治亚筷子公司制造一双筷子的成本还不到一美分。

“目前,我们每天制造两百万双筷子,而且每天的产量要再增加。在这个月底我们再有七台机器要来安装,这样的话,我们的产量将会增加到每天四百万双;到年底的话,我们将每天制造一千万双筷子。“

到现在为止,乔治亚筷子公司还没有赚钱。李健先生说,需要达到每天产量超过四百万双筷子的时候,公司才会有利润。他希望就在这一、二个月内就可以达到这个产量,因此有钱可赚。

有将近三分之一的世界是使用筷子的,比如,日本每年消耗二百三十亿双筷子。

中国是一个巨大的国家。中国已经有很多年为美国制造一些基本的产品;现在是美国为中国制造基本产品的时候了。


1.        你感到这篇文章里有什么新奇的地方?

2.        在中国,目前除了食品以外,还有哪一些产品受到大众的欢迎?

3.        你本人是否拥有任何美国的产品?

4.   你希望在中国看到什么样的美国产品出现在中国市场里?为什么?


In the United States, many things are “Made in China.”  One small American company in Georgia, however, is making traditional Chinese chopsticks.  They’re sending these “Made in America” chopsticks to China.

Some Asian countries use chopsticks to eat food.  They’re often made of wood or sometimes plastic.  China makes most of the world’s chopsticks.  Several hundred Chinese companies make about 63 billion pairs of chopsticks a year.  Those companies need more wood.

Areas in China and Japan have run out of wood, but the American State of Georgia has a lot of wood.  Georgia’s wood has a nice color.  Companies have to use chemicals or bleach to lighten much of the Asian wood.  The wood in Georgia is already light.

One small company in the American city of Americus, Georgia, has the solution to the shortage of wood for chopsticks.  The company is called Georgia Chopsticks.

They started making chopsticks for export to China.  Jae Lee, the president of Georgia Chopsticks, is Korean American.  He says that the world market for chopsticks is huge.  It costs Jae Lee less than one cent to make a pair of chopsticks.

“Right now, we’re making about two million pairs of chopsticks per day.  But we are increasing.  End of this month, we’ll have seven machines coming in.  So it’ll increase to four million per day.  End of this year, we’ll produce ten million per day.”

Georgia Chopsticks isn’t making any money yet.  Jae Lee needs to make more than four million chopsticks a day to make a profit. He hopes to make a profit in the next month or two.

About one-third of the world uses chopsticks.  For example, Japan uses about 23 billion pairs of chopsticks each year.

China is a huge country.  They’ve made basic products for the U.S. for years.  Now the United States is making a basic product for China.


1.   What do you find interesting about this article?

2.   What are some American made products, not food, that is currently popular in China?

3.    Do you own anything that is made in America?  

4.   Which products would you like to see in China that is made in America and why?

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