The American Dream is Alive in China but the question remains at what cost? Apparently, the American dream is indicated by the amount of optimism in the population. Optimism that is fueled by key indicators like the economy and all the opportunity is provides. Which raises questions about why basic needs aren’t addressed with more urgency. When more of the population has basic needs at a level adequate for healthy living the optimism should be high right? Either way, regardless of the explanation people in the world know that the American Dream is and has always been only a dream.