Young Chinese: Take This Factory Job and Shove It
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  • lukelea

    “This is emblematic of larger shifts in China’s economy. As wages inch upward . . .”

    Inch is the right word and they have miles to go. We kid ourselves when we underestimate the size of the low-wage labor pool in China. The fact that other East Asian countries add to the pool only adds to the long-term woes of low-skilled workers in America.

    As for ““The young generation don’t want to work in factories, they want to work in services or the Internet or another more easy and relaxed job”, that was as true ten or twenty years ago as today. Read Peter Hetzler’s book Country Driving or his wife’s book, Factory Girls, for some good behind-the-scenes reporting.

    Trade with East Asia is unavoidably causing a vast redistribution of wealth in the United States.* Unless we can undo this market effect with wage-subsidies and a graduated expenditure tax, old-fashioned protectionism is the only answer left.

    *Of course it is not the only cause. New labor-saving technologies and massive low-skilled immigration also contribute. Neither of our two major political parties seems willing to face up to reality. A hard rain is gonna’ fall.

  • hxpro

    As soon as Mexicans get some underground tunnels over there you guys should have no problem with work your citizens don’t want to do. You’ll have to sacrifice your language and culture however to the impending invasion.

  • Billy___Bob

    Robots and massive unemployment are the future.

    And then 3D printers will get good enough to print anything you want (10 years?) and then it will get really weird.

  • David Govett

    The problem about not wanting something is that you can’t always get what you prefer.
    Reality is like that, sad to say.

  • Ron

    After all the stories, who can blame them.

  • sarah3723

    Maybe they can hire H1-B’s and anyone who illegally enters the country.

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