Birmingham is the second multi-cultural city after London. But multi-cultural in a different way: while there are over 300 languages spoken in London, the most diverse city in the world in terms of nationalities, migrants’ origins are skewed towards just a few source-areas in Birmingham. Most migrants or nationals with foreign parents are from Pakistan-Punjab area, India, Caribbean Islands, South – East Africa, Bangladesh, Afganistan, Ireland and more recently Poland and China.
Shanghai breathes the spirit of capitalism reflected in its vivid lights, enumerate business offices, banks, luxurious hotels, bars, restaurants, eye-catching shopping centers and exquisite shopping malls. However some communist legacies are still there but they are far more less obvious than in other cities in China, including the capital city, Beijing.
Firstly I noticed countless red flags streamed across important streets and on top of the Continue reading →
Birmingham has long been an industrial hotspot, the very birthplace of the industrial revolution of the 18th century. This tumultuous past has left its marks on the city’s face: widespread, derelict industrial estates – remnants of a once strong manufacturing base, narrow streets with long rows of red-brick terraced houses, a high density of pubs, countless man-made canals which the legend has it are more than in Venice… Birmingham also prides itself with one of the best British universities, the University of Birmingham, competing with the nearby University of Warwick but it has also one of the highest rates of unemployment, benefit claims and deprived neighbourhoods in the country. But why? What made Birmingham what it is now?