we all know junko is a atheist but she should be objective in doing her reporting.
otherwise ppl get cheated in believing school and free apart is SMIC's secret recipe for success.
who knows if this church is the winning sauce in SMIC's fomula.
Count me among those who don't find this to be a particularly new idea.
For instance, US military bases around the world have existed for a very long time, and also offer these amenities. Schools, shopping, clubs, housing, you name it. Or, how about Aramco in Saudi Arabia? Don't western workers also live in a separate community there?
Places where a lot of expatriots live, for whatever reason, will have similar facilities, although admittedly not often run by just one company. My siblings and I grew up living this way. Sometimes the schools offer different curricula, e.g. a US high school diploma track or an international baccalaureate track.
There's a old American song about this sort of setup, come to think of it. It's called "Sixteen Tons," I believe, and it's about a coal mining town that belongs to the company.
As far as I know, many teachers in SMIC schools are from oversea, like USA, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, etc. There is an omission in this article. There is a church called Thanksgiving Church near the residential campus, which was advocated to build by SMIC's founder, Richard Chang. Every Sunday Morning, about 1000 people go to the church, including around 200 people from oversea. You can check the church's information on website: http://www.tefshanghai.org/.
I know lot of people, including myself who would like the "adventure" of living in an exotic foreign land but can't because of family obligation. It would be impossible for my kids to adjust to a Chinese school, they don't speak Chinese and they hate tests and strict teachers. Having a good American school as part of the bargain would make me much more likely to move there. I think it is a great idea.
This is unusual in a capitalistic country like the US. In many parts of the world particularly the socialist countries this is (or used to be) the norm. Companies or governments as most companies were state-owned set up large "colonies" complete with housing, schools, shopping, entertainment and transportation. Access to the facilities was part of the perk of the job.
blah, blah blah the USA is better, blah blah. Missed the point, you have.
This is an update of an ancient method that works in China and just happens to be successful at attracting foreign and domestic high-tech talent.
Of course it wouldn't be a good fit if plunked down in the middle of Cincinatti (Detroit, perhaps? Maybe. Apologies to Detroit, but friends from there say it's struggling.)
It's about innovating - taking an ancient concept from China and making it work in modern China.
Stop comparing it to Europe or US. It's like comparing apples to elephants.