Will Americans leave the U.S. for better jobs?
August 20th, 2011
03:10 PM ET

Will Americans leave the U.S. for better jobs?

Editor's Note: Every week, the Global Public Square brings you some must-read editorials from around the world addressed to America and Americans. The series is called Listen up, America!

Will Americans leave the U.S. for better jobs?

“[C]ould America, that great nation of immigrants, become in harder times a nation of emigrants?” asks Anand Giridharadas in the Dubai-based Khaleej Times. “Could the metropolises of China one day have Americatowns?”

““[I]f Americans ever became willing to leave en masse, one could imagine them owning foreign Burger King franchises or opening small restaurants to take their cuisine to the world, bringing sorely needed upgrades to the authenticity of barbecue ribs and coleslaw from Mumbai to Buenos Aires.”

“Laid-off American factory workers might make terrific foremen in China and India, where entry-level labour is plentiful but the pool of potential managers is woefully thin.”

Does China think the new U.S. Ambassador to China is a "banana"?

"As a minority in the U.S., particularly of Chinese descent, one has to overcome more obstacles in order to succeed, especially in the field of politics," writes Han Dongping in China Daily. "[U.S. Ambassador] Locke's successful political career indicates that he has done a good job proving himself as a good American politician." Yet, Han continues,

"Many Chinese people refer to Chinese Americans as bananas for good reason. They may have a Chinese face, but inside they are as white as any white person. They also tend to have a stronger sense of superiority toward Chinese people, even more so than their white counterparts sometimes."

Should U.S. attention shift from the Middle East to Asia?

“[T]here is an overriding interest in maximising the U.S. position in Asia,” says and editorial in the Sydney-based Australian.

“This helps ensure the peaceful and constructive integration of China, and also helps the region take full advantage of the emergence of India, the re-entry of Vietnam into mainstream global economic activity, and the continuing success of Southeast Asian nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.”

Is the U.S.-Pakistan relationship over?

“Pakistan-U.S. relationship remains on a rocky path,” says an editorial in the Karachi-based Express Tribune.

“Peoples on both sides suffer from paranoid emotions; and Pakistan could be standing on the precipice of a desperate decision to save its India policy at the cost of losing America’s support.”

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