Category: Emigration

Where the money goes, the people will follow: Part 1, 64% of China’s rich

19 September, 2014 (09:00) | Capital, China, Emigration, Exports, Global news, Housing, Imports, Markets, Schools, Speculation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Up until now, my posts puzzling out China’s affordable housing have focused on its urban challenges, and whether the Chinese can make new cities that people want to live in without destroying the formerly-rural middle class by culturally and economically impoverishing them in totalitarian-style housing blocks.  Foolish me, I overlooked the […]

Ve al norte, joven: Part 1, emigration

20 December, 2011 (15:42) | Cities, Demographics, Emigration, Hispanics, Immigration, Markets, US News |

By:David A. Smith   What makes America work?  As this New York Times story shows, it’s people on the move, many of them ‘those people’:   Ulysses, Kansas   An apt name for a town of wanderers.     Not long ago in this quiet farming community, with its familiar skyline of grain elevators and […]

A little learning is a dangerous thing: Part 2, when they’ve seen Beijing?

28 October, 2011 (09:00) | China, Emigration, Global news, Housing, Markets, Schools, Slums, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post highlighted the logical conclusion of China’s geographically discriminatory hukou system, as reported in this cautious New York Times story – the demolition of informal schools that have sprouted to educate the children of rural migrant workers who are building China’s cities:   A […]

A little learning is a dangerous thing: Part 1, keeping them down on the farm?

27 October, 2011 (09:33) | China, Emigration, Global news, Housing, Markets, Schools, Slums, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   “No liberal democratic government has ever succeeded in stopping urbanization,” I said at a talk I recently gave to the Tulane School of Architecture, but that seems not to stop autocratic governments from trying, as in this New York Times story whose significance can be appreciated only if we say directly […]