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Oh, Orange County, what have you done?
by Katy Purviance on 05/08/08 @ 03:46:06 pm
Categories: Articles | 143 words | 1218 views

If you haven’t felt dismayed, outraged, shocked, or stupefied yet today, I urge you to peruse a long article about Orange County. It’s the usual rant about suburbian excess and SUV culture.

Oh, I forgot to mention.

It’s not that Orange County.

It’s Orange County, China.

Welcome to the O.C.
China’s rising elite is importing a new American lifestyle, complete with fake lakes, stucco ranch houses, and Hummers in the driveway. But as these gated communities grow, is China doomed to repeat all of America’s mistakes?

Oh…my…goodness…I…cannot….believe…this…

Do me a favor and read it so that you can be outraged too. Misery loves company.

(P.S. Word on the street is that people in China can’t even access this blog. Maybe that should be my new tagline: “BANNED IN CHINA” What do you think?)

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