If "Made in America" is high on your list of mando priorities, you gotta be careful... there are lots of mandos out there with American-sounding names that, simply, aren't. "Kentucky," "Michael Kelly," "Morgan Monroe"... these are all Asian imports. Even as American a name as "Fender" has their mando line bult in Asia. I tell you this just as a heads-up, to be aware of what you're actually buying. If you're interested in specific brands and models, there are countless folks here at the Cafe that can help you separate the American-mades from the imports.
NOW, having said all this, PLEASE UNDERSTAND what I'm about to say...
I, like many here, don't believe there's anything inherently "wrong" with owning and enjoying a Pacific Rim mando. There are many very good ones available for, literally, a fraction of the cost of an American mando with equivalent features... and I'm not just talking entry-level axes, either. Many, I believe, are true, professional-grade instruments which, for numerous and various reasons, you'll most likely never see the pros playing in concert and on TV (different topic altogether!).
Now, I'm not telling you TO BUY Pac Rim... I'm not telling you NOT TO BUY Pac Rim... I'm not even recommending one way or another. I'm telling you to KNOW what you're buying, and why... names can be deceiving!
Welcome to our world, my friend!
"Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." -Bob Dylan