I agree with Jean M. Kaiser (11/23, Letters) that the forced abortion case in China is barbaric and unbelievable.
Unfortunately, I have to disagree with her stance on boycotting Chinese products. It is natural to want to lash out in protest to this unfair and unethical practice. And there have been plenty of good reasons to avoid certain products from China over the last couple of years.
But who are you hurting when you boycott something? First of all, it would take a whole lot of people to put a dent in China’s manufacturing empire. But say we could hurt their economy. Would the detestable government officials feel the effects? Or would it just affect the overworked and underpaid citizens?
The socioeconomic impact might remove the need for the government-forced abortions, because more people would make that difficult choice based on their own poverty.
I think that with all sovereign nations, as Buddhists might say, change must come from within.