China

Warner Brown

A Shreveport native who has been living in China for the past several years works in commercial real estate and blogs about the people and places he encounters.

Warner Brown, 31, a graduate or Caddo Magnet High, lives in a city with 24 million people -- more than five times the population of Louisiana.

“My dwelling in Shanghai isn’t nearly as big as my house in Shreveport. That said, the houses in Shanghai are not shoeboxes the way you’d expect to find in Hong Kong,” Brown said.

Airs Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m.  It's the American dream: move to the United States, start your own business, build a successful life. But has the United States lost its edge in attracting the best and brightest entrepreneurs? In this month's America Abroad, we'll learn about the significant role immigrants play in creating small and mid-sized businesses. We'll hear how the American visa process could be deterring potential entrepreneurs, particularly from math and engineering-focused places like India. And we'll learn what other countries are doing to attract foreign talent and help themselves out of the global recession. 

Airs Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m.  For all appearances, China has emerged unscathed from the global economic crisis, in stark contrast to its biggest debtor, America. China's admirers point to its ability to mobilize state resources, quick decision-making and business-friendly environment as reasons for its economic ascendency. But can its brand of state-directed capitalism overcome rampant corruption and the threat of growing inequality, or will the American model of innovation and free markets prevail? The debaters include Orville Schell, Peter Schiff, Ian Bremmer, and Minxin Pei.

Shreveport architect Mike McSwain has sought out design work in China over the past two years. He says courting clients there is steeped in ancient tradition and feels like a social test.

China's booming economy has one Shreveport architecture firm expanding its horizon, taking on large commercial design projects a world away in Beijing and Chengdu. Mike McSwain says he hopes to open a satellite office in Chengdu to help manage the workflow of Chinese projects. His firm is currently designing a senior citizen housing project in Beijing and a research park in Chengdu.