A True Story, Best I Can Tell


I know this sounds like the stuff of urban legend, but I had someone tell me this story today, someone with no real interest in exaggerating, so I would tend to believe it.

He was Canadian-born, but recently became a U.S. citizen. At the ceremony, he was given a flag pin that, of course, said “MADE IN CHINA” on the backside.

There’s not a single American source of flag pins anymore? I assume with all of the news anchors and politicians, there would be SOMEBODY who makes them domestically, just because.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. Mark Graban says:

    Great link, JThatcher (it’s a link to an American made flag association).

    I found this photo via google images of a China-made USA flag pin (it’s not the pin I’m referring to in the story).

  2. curiouscat says:

    The US Army was buying berets made in China a few years ago. Then there was that surveillance plane incident…

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  • Mike says:

    I believe the story is apocryphal. My wife was naturalized last year, with several hundred others, and there were no pins handed out at the ceremony.

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