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Cat Cafes In Asia

A new trend that shows something about a rising new social class.

Yes, they’re real. Cat cafes: places where you go to drink coffee and play with cats. They are popping up with incredible frequency all over Asia.

They’re interesting only because they kind of show the changing value systems that come with a rising middle class in Asia. Pets are now a sign of status, an indication of internationalization, of white collar sophistication. They are no longer food …

My kids love these places, so we sometimes go to them. We pay people money to feed and play with their animals. I’m not sure if I get it, but that doesn’t really matter …

Watch the video below for more of my take on this.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 83 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3228 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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