Before we went around the different nations of Epcot, Ashly told us to pay attention to something: “You will notice,” she said, “that the visitors to Disney World Epcot will migrate to their own home country. Also, the workers in each area are here on one year visas from their own country, so the sales associates in Germany are German in many cases, for example. The moment you cross into France, half of the guests will be French tourists who apparently hang out there!”
[mainbodyad]Sure enough, walking through France you hear nothing but French, watch French families with their children, and notice French groups sitting around in groups. The moment we made it to Germany, the shops had pre-teen German kids running around talking excitedly, alternating between German and English. Strolling through Italy, it’s Prada, Dolce & Gabanna, and Italians. It’s as if people from other nations are drawn to their own culture, even when it is artificially created within a theme park (actually … that’s not accurate. The architectural styles are authentic and the people working in the areas are true citizens of their respective nations so it is a microcosm of the society in many ways, which is far from artificial).
There are so many mental models to study here … I need to go through this and think about the practical application to business and economics. You have a seeking of the familiar, a desire to be around those with the same cultural background as you (perhaps it is a relief to be able to, say, speak Japanese to the waiter and sales associates at the retail shops if you are visiting from Tokyo?), and even traces of assortative mating habits. It’s fascinating.