"What is it about upper middle-class American suburbs that makes them aspirational or exportable to the places you visited?
This copy+paste behavior is a result of America's cultural dominance over the past five decades, exported through soap operas, movies, and magazines. I also think that the "lifestyle" fills a cultural gap as many of these countries didn't have an upper middle class until recently and haven't established a strong identity for this growing class yet."
In July 2013, Mr. Mark Byrnes, associate editor at The Atlantic Cities, interviewed me about Suburbia Gone Wild. Check the full piece here.