Thursday, May 04, 2006

Too horrible for words

The original is apparently behind the NYT wall, but Boing Boing has the gist of it:
Orange County, China is a gated community modeled on the posh neighborhood south of Los Angeles of the same name -- it's one of many recreated US neighborhoods springing up in China, including "Soho, Central Park, Palm Springs and Manhattan Gardens." According to the NYT, the houses are "designed by Southern California architects, with model homes decorated by Los Angeles interior designers. The basement pool tables are American. The appliances are imported. The tiles, wood siding and wall sconces are from the United States, too."
It is so nice to see that the newly affluent Chinese are adopting only the best that America has to offer. I'm sure 24-hour drive-through liposuction and health clubs with elevators and valet parking are not far behind.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Sorghum Crow said...

This is beyond weird. Will they also incorporate a mandatory two-hour commute in an SUV.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous JRW said...

Did you read what Lester Brown said would happen if the Chinese simply ate a few more eggs every week? It was published by the World Watch Institute.

I wonder how this is going to play itself out? Americans are sitting around getting more obese by the day, while the Chinese are gathering steam up to provide serious competition for the resources we have come to feel entitled to.

Before long, we'll just be looking for jobs digging mud by hand and gathering firewood to make tiles to export to China.

9:03 AM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

jrw - what did he says about the Chinese and eggs? Got a link? I Googled it but couldn't find it.

(How's this for discussion and such Mr. BM?)

Anyway - at least there isn't a trade deficit here as we are importing some of their exports - torture, media control, surveillance. Before long, we'll be jailing dissidents, too.

2:04 PM  
Blogger bluememe said...

You go, esoder.

The parallel I meant to draw but never got to was the fact that some of the subdivisions in Orange County, CA could teach the Chinese a thing or two about central planning and enforcing conformity.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous JRW said...

Esoder,
You can google ("Lester Brown" egg China) and it will give you a diverse list, but if you just want to go straight to the source go to http://www.worldwatch.org and find:

Who Will Feed China: Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet
Lester R. Brown
September 1995
ISBN: 0-393-31049-X
163 pages

Yrs,
JRW

8:51 PM  

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