Last year we took our family to China for spring break. People asked, hell our kids asked, “why go to China for Spring Break? Hawaii is cheaper and warmer.”
My wife and I felt it was important that in this time unprecedented change, we prepare ourselves to understand what is happening. If we think of China as peasants in rice fields, or hordes of poor in the streets of urban centers, we are ill-equipped to adapt to the change that is sweeping over us. In ten days we only scratched the surface, but I think it helped each of us get a better feel for what is happening in China.
The trip gave us the opportunity to experience what Hans Rosling teaches – we need to change our mind set to match the current data set.
India promises to have a similar impact to China.
There has been lots of talk of the BRIC countries; although it doesn’t work well phonetically, I think we need to focus on the IC countries. Perhaps they are better thought of as CHI.