Go East, Young Man (and Woman)
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  • Chase

    Totally true professor. I’ve taught English as a second language for two and a half years in South Korea, and I loved it.

  • @”This is an amazing time to see Asia and learn about it.”


  • Douglas Levene

    Prof. Meade has it exactly right – Go East, young man (and woman)! The demand for English teachers is very high across Asia. In China today, maybe as many as 300 million people are studying English and there are only a few thousand native-English speakers teaching English. Plus, living in Asia is an adventure. China is modernizing rapidly, and so is Southeast Asia, but there are still plenty of places to go to experience pre-modern life. And, if you are entrepreneurial, there are gobs of opportunities. But it’s not Kansas, so don’t go if that’s what you are expecting.

  • “Changes in lifestyle, like businesses encouraging their workers to take vacations . . . ”

    Alleluia. Let’s at least pray and hope the humanization of Asian work continues apace. Not to mention work/life balance. And in particular where it’s most desperately needed: on that ever-so-exemplary (or so we were being told, it seems, just the other day) Mainland. Economies will no doubt become less “competitive” in the short run. But the longterm gains, with respect to quality of both family life and leisure – i.e., even those superhuman Asians’ family structures may not be infinitely stress-and-recession-proof? – are beyond price. Indeed if recent trends continue (or resume), I can easily imagine TIME being remembered as THE most scandalous and shameful – perhaps even morally debilitating? – poverty of the 21st century. And I’ve little doubt the statisticians will find it most rewarding examining its role in our relative MATERIAL impoverishment as well.

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