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Introduction by Jaap Huisman on 8 Oct
Jackson Hole, the suburban dream on the outskirts of Beijing, is one of the many replica towns in China. Thousands of people abandon the bustle of Beijing to spend their days in an artificial American bubble where everybody lives the American Dream. The property agents in Jackson Hole promise a life of freedom, happiness, spirituality, love, and your own back garden. Like many of her neighbours, Annie Liu desperately pursues this American lifestyle. From clichéd American clothing and dinner parties with marshmallows to manuals about how to play the perfect American housewife, nothing seems too absurd when it comes to fulfilling expectations. In tragicomic fashion, Adam James Smith in Americaville captures a radical belief in this dream, or nightmare.