Thursday, September 20, 2007

Everything you've ever wanted...

...And, if you want to taste some of the fruits of that economic growth, this is the place to look.  Everything from books and CDs to - well, a toy felt camel and a dolls' ger.  What more could you ask?


1. Peter said...

You could ask for a Mongolian Barbie to play in the dolls' ger, I suppose.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

2. Michael Walters said...

I was most impressed that the toy ger actually comes with a tiny picture of Genghis Khan on the wall...

3. Peter said...

The makers are capitalizing on the value of the Genghis Khan brand, as we in the rich world would say. But who are we to deny the benefits of capitalism to our brothers and sisters in the developing world?
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From>Home"

4. Michael Walters said...

Well, indeed. Though of course capitalism can be something of a mixed blessing - which is probably just as well for those of us who write crime fiction. And there is a lot of sensitivity around the Genghis Khan 'brand'...

5. Peter said...

Damn, this box is small!

I remember an article in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago about a Western breakfast-food company that was trying to get a foothold in Vietnam, where the population still ate traditional foods for its morning meals. An executive said something like "We haven't yet had time to change the people's eating habits," which I found chillingly cheerful.

One imagines that there is much going on like that in Mongolia -- a rush in the consumer-goods market much as there is the mining industry, as you wrote about in The Shadow Walker.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

6. Michael+Walters said...

Sorry about the size of the comments box...don't know if there's anything that can be done, but I'll investigate! I think you're spot on about the consumer goods market - in general, there's a fascinating battle going on in Mongolia between tradition and modernity.

On a similar note, I recall visiting Moscow in the early days of Gorbachev's first reforms, and staying in a traditional Soviet-style hotel - very austere and spartan. I went back a few years later and stayed in the same hotel - and found that the lobby was now full of fruit machines... As I say, a mixed blessing!

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