Megacities of Asia
1.Critical Thinking Essay: Conflicts in Measuring Progress
Many large Asian cities have used the Western model of growth as they expand. This model has deep ties to capitalist society, including the notion that progress is measured by advances in luxury, convenience and economic activity. Yet for Asian societies that do not have the same cultural and socio-political background as New York or London, (for example, Chinese cities) there is a potential mismatch between the growth model of the cities and the people who inhabit them.
Discuss an important issue/problem (of your choice: i.e., housing, poverty, pollution, population, transportation, health, crime etc.) that has erupted as a result of the mismatch in one Asian Megacity with a capitalistic-western background, and compare it to another Asian megacity that does not have this background. Justify your selection of your two cities as being part of each western/non-western group. This assignment should include a table and a graph comparing the data for the two Asian megacities. You should compare changes over time using a line graph and ideally also with a little bar chart showing the relative percentage change over time, then draw conclusions, in percent, on differences in outcomes. The graphs should preferably be generated by you, rather than relying on secondary data.