Was Duck sports crap made in a Chinese forced labor camp?

Seems quite possible. The AP, here:

HOTAN, China (AP) — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.

Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams.

This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released.

The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory inside an internment camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. …

And from https://communications.uoregon.edu/sites/communications1.uoregon.edu/files/university_of_oregon_licensees.pdf:

Thanks to an anonymous reader for the links.

Meanwhile Josh Hunt’s “University of Nike” book gets a positive review in the National Review here. When The Nation and the National Review are on the same page, you have to wonder if Hunt might be onto something.

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7 Responses to Was Duck sports crap made in a Chinese forced labor camp?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ah yes, the University of Chicago pulling out of the Original
    Big 10

    I doubt that decision has hurt them very much.

    Probably people don’t know this, and it doesn’t likely even
    matter. But the UO had the worst combined football plus
    basketball records form the period about 1950-1990 in
    then Pac 8/10 (not sure what year 10 occurs).

    So, during that period the UO was anything but a sports
    school. Overreaction? Overcompenstation? I don’t know –
    but the data show the UO is sort of unique in going from
    athletic dirt to athletic palaces …

  2. Moonman says:


    What’s the purpose of submitting the list of licensees. To beg more questions than answers?

    Is there any hard proof Duck swag is made in Xinjiang?

    Where does Nike or UO accountability begin or end in this matter of licensing products?

    The Uighur people are lovely, intelligent, and hard working. Are you making the incendiary suggestion that they are getting screwed doubly by the PRC and the UO?

  3. Sweatshop Memorial says:

    UNC has an Unsung Founders Memorial to those who’s labor built the university, maybe it’s time the UO had one too. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsung_Founders_Memorial

    • uomatters says:

      Great idea. Perhaps our administrators will mine their new faculty tracking database for ideas on who deserves a song.

  4. Mike says:

    The irony of this website promoting conservative publications in the name of promoting an agenda is laughable.

    • Deplorable Duck says:

      In the coming year, I will try harder to ignore the outrage expressed by some of my fellows when they hear or read anything that fails in any way to match their personal desires and preconceptions.

      Peace and good will to all in 2019.

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