The Global Jobs Crisis: Jobs in Asia?

Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:56 PM By Stephen J Christophers

Talking about the current jobs crisis and options for foreigners in Asia: from northern China to Singapore, job options for foreign nationals are limited if not tied to, predominantly education, universities, middle schools and teaching English as a second language. This protects the indigenous labour market, while holding no racist stigma, and helps in turn to provide language tools to further exploit western markets. In a drive to export and expand business networks overseas, and for the region. The protectionist values set for the local Asian job markets by governments within the region, puts a cap on the influx of foreign nationals, who might otherwise demand higher salaries, which in turn, raises the export values of commodities into the international trade and export market, used to sell cheap Asian goods to the world.

Export, well beyond tourism, is one of the key facilitators of international business and economic relationships with western countries, in Asia. This relationship relies on low export prices for a larger export market share - higher demand creates more jobs - and a vibrant, if not well paid work force in countries that feed off of the export dollar.

Exceptions are found in three key areas: One, the flow of capital, where capital flows into an Asian country there is the option to fill positions with foreign nationals on international pay scales, only if the company in respects to China for example is a joint venture with a 51% Chinese ownership and is foreign funded; Or, in regards to Thailand; the company is foreign owned and employs on a 4-1 ratio, Thais to foreigners, with restriction much like China with regards to foreign owned business; Two, Knowledge transfer; Three, language. nevertheless these exceptions offer little long-tern advantages or stability for westerners living in the Asian region - whether a business or individual - it shields the domestic Asian markets from any form of profit making domestically by foreign enterprise.

One of the Key problems here is that with a reliance - in the west - on a the consumer goods market; while on the other hand neglecting the service industry as a potential jobs market and failing to value IPR, we leave our selves open to exploitation: investing in education, but not just education ... reprogramming our consumer market mindset to invest more in services, and people. Rather than a new iPhone. Employing, measures that can be taken on to build wealth and investment for us, not Asians. Asia will not do this for us, but nevertheless, it does a great job in protecting for their personal macro economic benefits, and the benefit of Asians, at our expense, with our help.

All this gets me thinking ... how intelligent are Asians? It's a little like handing over the keys to your farm house, and saying: Hey, your welcome to take what you want and come work for us at harvest time, for top rates. And in reply are told: Thanks, we will ... your welcome to buy any of our produce any time, also. But, if you want a job don't come knocking here, we only want you buying our produce.

Locking westerners out of Asia's fiscal economic loop is bright, why is it we don't the same? - create wealth for US. Meanwhile, Asia is taking advantage of our open door; and furthermore, this takes advantage of our "political correct" culturisms and laughs in the face of our inability to draw the line anywhere, turning commonsense and none issues into racist or protectionist politics.

There is such an easy way to beat this mentality, and simplify: next time you see an Asian in a job working, in your country ... don't be shy ... ask them ... what do you here? Do you work as a kindergarten teacher or teaching Chinese? ... If not, then start a debate. Political correctness is like Chinese Face ... it's something to get over, it hides systemic corruption and paints over the cracks.

I personally, love Asia, I love Asian people. I want to live and work here, even if it takes a salary correction, to take advantages of the depth of culture and diverse life style. Nevertheless, in a position that reflects my skill level, the same privilege we offer Asians in our country. When Asia is a one-way financial system, we need to ask: How much do they love US? ... Or is it that, they're just another financial rapist in a Sichuan Opera Mask?