Putting Countries in Perspective
I went shopping today with my Chinese wife and her Chinese friend. We were shopping for gifts for my wife's family back in China, and we were looking for gifts for a 72 year old father, 50 year old sister, 45 year old brother, spouses, and numerous kids from 3 to 15 years. So we were looking for pretty much everything for boys, girls, men, women, and all age groups. I was planning on dropping around $600 to $1000 today. After spending 3 hours on Sixth Street in Grants Pass, and finding nothing suitable, we went over to the WalMart Superstore. BIG MISTAKE! If you thought we were not going to find anything on Main Street USA, you can be guaranteed that at WalMart VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING WE SAW WAS ALREADY MADE IN CHINA, AND COULD BE BOUGHT IN CHINA MUCH CHEAPER when she arrives there on Oct 27th.
I came to the sad realization while shopping with these two Chinese women that we in the US don't have a whole lot to bring to the table anymore. We Americans DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING THE CHINESE WANT, yet we are buying everything from them, already. Even tools you buy to fix your Asian cars at Harbor Freight are virtually all going to be made in China.
The Chinese own us, and it is only going to get worse!
And yet, all Chinese want to leave China as rapidly as possible, for the US. The reason: they think it is like in the movies they see. The reality, that we USians all know: It Ain't!
But the other, really valid reason, is that we still have a few freedoms left here that they do not. Namely, the FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
I also watched a documentary on China's history with my wife last night. When it got to 1949, when the Communists took over, I began to rail against them and how bad communism was. My wife was astounded. She said no way. Communism was good. I said what could possibly be good about Communism. Her answer was brilliant in its simplicity: before the communists, my family had nothing to eat. And her family was upper crust.
Now, anyone under 40 in China is probably a lot LESS a Communist than any of you reading this. My "shopping trip" today drove that point home if I had not already known it from being there in 2005, where all the younger Chinese were more electronically connected and gamed out than I ever have been.
Is "the U.S. as seen on TV" what makes the Chinese want to move to the U.S.? That is, they think if they can move to the U.S. they will have 2.3 wives, a great high-paying job and so forth? I don't know but, if this is their reasoning it also could be the reasoning behind Nicaraguans moving to the U.S.
Looking at another point, will the news of the U.S. economic meltdown help counter the TV image of living in the U.S.?
Finally, why is it that China has become this amazing producer nation while Nicaragua, with the exception of its Chinese sweatshops (with are really Taiwanese) seems to just follow the current U.S. trend of buying everything from China?