Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Human Geography: Chapter Twelve"

Conner Lewis

          Chinese consumers have more discretionary income to spend on entertainment, education and travel after years of robust economic growth. That additional income has created a bright outlook for companies that serve them. - Seattle Times

          The Chinese people and government wanted to see an increase in their economy and standards of living, but the manufacturing industry in China has recently started to shrink rapidly as the economy slows down its growth, so the Chinese people started to shift to a more service based industry similar to the US, then their economy started to get better as the began to be seen more as a market such as the US to which large companies could sell their products rather than just make them as the service industry in China grew.


I chose the Western United States for two reasons, the first is that it holds the largest agglomeration of the high tech industry, particularly electronics, in Silicon Valley near San Jose in the state of California, and second for the fact that there are other agglomerations of industries in areas such as Greeley Colorado, with its livestock and meat production, and if one includes services, Las Vegas could be seen as an agglomeration of the gambling industry.

I chose the northern United States because it is the location of the Rust Belt, or the old manufacturing center of the United States back in the 70s, with cities such as Detroit and Cincinnati. This would later end as industry would move to the Sun Belt for cheaper labor, leaving the Rust Belt to become impoverished in many cities. Cities such as Detroit featured agglomerations of industries, with Detroit being an agglomeration of the automobile industry in particular.

For my final map I chose South East Asia, because it is likely to and is already becoming a major industrial region in the world as more and more industry is outsourced from China to Southeast Asia due to the cheap labor and favorable taxes and land. This shift will also see a shift in how Southeast Asia looks in terms of industrial sectors, with more of the population moving from agriculture to manufacturing. I also chose this region because it houses one of the Four Tigers of Asia, Singapore, which has evolved from a city with almost exclusively primary industry to that of quinary industry, dealing with high end ideas and capital management now.

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