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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soundoff (473 Responses)
  1. S T

    I heard that every major world religion is going to put Richard Nixon up for Sainthood. They all compared Nixon to Obozo and came to the conclusion that Nixon was a world savior compared to the clown Obozo who has destroyed the world economy and probably killed more children from hunger than the last 100 wars. Maybe the dead children of Somalia are rooting for Nixon's sainthood.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:38 am | Reply
  2. Lulu99

    As long as we keep arguing and keep being swayed by people that play to our fears we will never be able to respond to the changes that are taking place around us. We need to hold meaningful talks at the community level and decide what we can do to help each other today, not at the next election. The leaders of this nation are representatives of this nation, so at some point they are a reflection of society. Quit being ugly to each other. Come together, assess the problems, assess what resources we have and see what we can do now. The state and federal government will eventually catch up with us and claim what a great idea they had, but it won't matter if your communities begin to thrive again. Outsourcing to other countries is a reality. Americans must meet this reality by banding together and producing superior products at lower costs. Does this mean "we" the people have to re-educate/re-train ourselves, yes. There are so many resources in the millions of people unemployed, but they are being wasted. Start at home. Quit yelling at each other and letting the fear mongering political machine we have created lead us around by empty promise and hateful rhetoric.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:43 am | Reply
  3. Joe citizen abroad

    I left for a better job 13 years ago. Best career move I ever made.

    August 21, 2011 at 3:02 am | Reply
  4. Steve

    What am I afraid of? I am afraid of a screwed-up two party system that gives us the choice of being oppressed either by a "new class" of privileged bureaucrats or by a theocracy that would outlaw gay marriage and abortion. The libertarian ideal that you seem to be describing is not going to happen in America in the lifetime of anyone now living.

    August 21, 2011 at 3:06 am | Reply
  5. Rob

    How soon people forget that it was President Clinton that signed a bill to deregulate Wall Street. Which allowed the mortgage backed securities to exist. It really doesn't matter who laid the path for our current issues anymore. We are at a crossroads where both parties need to work together. Time to vote all office holders out of office in the next election. Please send that message to Washington that Congress can no longer operate as business as usual. We are a laughing stock abroad and for good reason. Sadely our choices maybe Obama or Perry. Neither offer the best solutions, however it is Your congress that needs the most change. Send the message!

    August 21, 2011 at 3:10 am | Reply
  6. Diptera

    Good headline, bad article. No discussion of who is leaving, what their options are, or where are the opportunities better than in the US. Especially no comment about how US foreign policy makes it harder for Americans to seek opportunities overseas. Also no comment on in a person wants to have a job overseas they better start looking as soon as their first unemployment check arrives – all that discussion of legal immigration being the only fair way to come to another country means Americans should be more than willing to take the 6 months to 10 YEARS to gain legal status in a country with a strong economy and jobs to offer them.

    As all CNN articles, this degenerates immediately into which party's fault it is. The problem is that the US government as a whole works as a winner take all system. That leaves only room for one winner and one loser. The two problems with this are 1) the American public is falsely taught that they are in a true democracy and that they should express their desire with their vote whatever that desire may be (third parties and independents), but this doesn't work and usually hurts your cause. 2) Having only a winner and a loser no longer captures the complexity of society or the skill set necessary to operate in the global world.

    August 21, 2011 at 4:10 am | Reply
  7. clx

    If Americans were to live abroad, they'd learn a lot. Firstly, they would learn how difficult it is to get a residency permit. Secondly, they'd lear the definition of a work permit. Thirdly, if they did not abide to the first and second lessons, they'd be deported back to America.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
  8. Lindsey

    If they leave then take their citizenship away and don't let them back in! We need people that want to be citizens of the USA not citizens of the world! That includes a lot of elitists we have in power right now who are not making decisions with the best interests of the American people at heart!

    August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  9. spongefuzz

    My soon to be fiance and I are already looking for some other place to be. Don't get me wrong, we are definitely patriotic Americans. We are also both teachers. Between poisonous national politics and a pretty spectacular disregard for our chosen profession we decided to see what else is out there. I can absolutely guarantee people are going to go over seas in a steadily increasing rate, particularly the ones that have higher level educations and professions that transfer easily.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  10. Brian

    I'm a student at UCBerkeley. I'm not part Asian and all of my family's first language is English, but it's definitely a big part of my plans to move out of America to work elsewhere.

    I think a lot of students my age don't even imagine going outside of America for work. Personally, I think of it more as a "life" decision than a "work" decision. To me, it would just be more interesting to live in a foreign country then in America.

    September 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
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