NEW YORK (MainStreet)—In her book Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China (University of Hawai'i Press, 2013), Bianca Bosker addresses the phenomenon of "duplitecture," in which European monuments, buildings and sometimes entire villages are replicated in the Chinese countryside and urban centers.

"The West still enjoys a certain kind of cachet as almost a luxury brand in China," Bosker said on The Moola Files. "It's a way of really instantly conveying status and sophistication."

Find out why there isn't the same stigma against copycatting that appears in the West and discover more about what this trend says about China from a socio-economic standpoint in the video below:

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