Mall all over the world
By Prisma News
Just a glimpse of the South China Mall in Dongguan, the largest in the world.
Some observers of globalism like to point out that middle class people often have more in common with their counterparts in other countries than with their less-well-off compatriots at home. Whether that’s true is debatable, but you can’t deny that the American middle class experience has a strong grip on the imaginations and aspirations of people around the world.
Exhibit A: the shopping mall. Demographer Joel Kotkin writes that even if it is disparaged at home, the suburban-style shopping mall is alive and well overseas. As evidence, he points to India, where hundreds of malls have been built since 2000 and to Asia, which hosts 7 of the world’s 10 largest malls.
“The rapid growth of mall culture in Asia and elsewhere reflects the rising incomes and expectations taking place across the globe. So while many malls struggle in North America, they are thriving in Asia due in part to suburbanization and automobiles.”
Additional reading and viewing:
- Shopping Center Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University: World’s Largest Shopping Centers
- Forbes: In Pictures: The World’s 10 Largest Shopping Malls
- Forbes: The World’s Largest Malls NYT (2005): China, New Land of Shoppers, Builds Malls on Gigantic Scale