Well, I didn’t want to interrupt you guys unwinding memories, but I can see from this post too that you guys are a step behind. Correct me if I’m wrong.
When you speak of the chinese “towns” popping up all over the place, growing and all that (it’s the same with my example, Paris) those are not yesterday’s chinese towns, those are a new breed.
And they are not going for the ghettos, they are going for the borders of the inner city.
Those new “towns” are things bought with money from home.
They are the new enterprise investments.
They are the direct link for the import merchandise and the result of the money everyone of us, regardless of geographic location, have payed them for the last 10-15 years.
The people filling them are first generation immigrants, they came with contract already.
They are very polite, orderly, quiet and hard working.
They are army.
I don’t know if America is seeing this kind of events, but out here every capital city has it’s share of it (maybe London not, you people there are too damn expensive. YET )
It’s nothing to complain about really (well, unless you’re french, as you said), they even pay taxes if you catch them red handed (no one really does).
It’s just “a thing”, an observation.
The chinese had a different idea about resolving city overcrowding than you and me discussed
Edit: why build/manufacture home and then sell to intermediaries (with access to markets you only read about)? When u can simply move 1-2000 people at once, buy a factory inside that market (EU, my example) and start doing the same shit all over, only cutting intermediaries, transport and imp/exp taxes ?!*
*big grin, with a shiny sparkle on a front tooth