• Short Summary

    The twinkling on millions of Christmas trees bringing holiday cheer to America homes were probably made a Buddhist who only recently adopted the non-religious aspects of the Yuletide spirit.

  • Description

    The twinkling on millions of Christmas trees bringing holiday cheer to America homes were probably made a Buddhist who only recently adopted the non-religious aspects of the Yuletide spirit.

    The manufacturer of Christmas novelties is becoming a major business of factorises in the Orient...like the one where the items were made in Taiwan, free China.

    An ample supply of labour is essential for the multitude of hand operations which go into the making of the tiny, ornamental lights.

    Americans businessmen have set up joint ventures with Chinese to the advantage of favourable wage scales, low cost fuels and an abundant supply of glass.

    Taiwan first started manufacturing Christmas lights in 1963 When 12 companies were established. Today, 100 factories are busily turning out million of dollars worth of Yuletide novelties and three quarters of the production is exported to the United States. The Chinese point out, however, that they buy more products from America than they sell here.

    After the glass filaments are made...and the tiny bulbs are wired into what will eventually be a glowing necklace of lights for a tree...colourful pastel shades are added.

    Quality control is rigid in Taiwan with the government operating a Bureau of Commodity Inspection. It checks products after the manufacturer's stags makes its own test of finished goods. The Bureau, which is still expanding, spot check 40 percent of Chinese products made for export.

    Christmas is big business in China...and the export of bulbs, decorations, plastics trees and wreath, and Yuletide handicrafts totals 30-million dollars a year.

    Woodcarving tops the list of handicrafts. The cravers use dolt woods, rattan and bamboo. While their philosophy is ancients, their religious figure for the nativity scene have a modern look. And so do the 3 wise of Bethlehem.

    The candles of Taiwan give their Christmas goods an oriental look. They ate i a rainbow of brightcolours ranging form pastel pink to jade green. They are shape like bearded patriarchs...chubby Buddhas...and surrounded by the clutching bodies of golden dragons. Christmas goods. Christmas good....Chinese style from Taiwan
    Although there are only half a million Christmas custom of western businessmen and diplomat, and American serviced stationed, the holiday is still ignore on the Communist mainland.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4B9ZRFOS8U5KPW6F2RQ2F46A9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4B9ZRFOS8U5KPW6F2RQ2F46A9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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