10.8.09

land[s] of opportunity.

america, over the years, has been known as the 'land of opportunity.' millions of people have flocked to the country with hopes to better themselves and create lives for their families. but what if, in the future, this changes? what would happen if this was no longer the case? if people stopped coming to america and headed for other opportunistic places? what's more, what if americans started migrating to other places? this thinking came about upon reading a recent article in the new york times that talked about a number of americans moving to china due to its rising job market and cheaper cost of living. according to the article, even people with no knowledge of chinese culture and/or language are making the move, and they are blossoming! could america lose its 'land of opportunity' moniker? could english fizzle as the world's 'primary language'? only time will tell. but i have a feeling we'll be seeing these types of migrations a lot in the coming days... as people are slowly becoming disillusioned by the american dream.

4 comments:

ZPRM said...

I thought about Americans migrating to other places a while back. I'm not sure if it will ever fully happen. The economy here would really have to fall in between the cracks, and another country would have to pick up on where America should've been for that to fully happen. Of course some people will leave if an opportunity opens up for them. Everyone isn't given that opportunity, or even willing to see it as an opportunity. But who knows right? Anything is possible. I honestly can't say that I'd wish to be around when or if that happens though.

vstar* said...

you're right. but just to play devil's advocate... i think with globalization and how accessible everything is in today's society, what's stopping people from seeking employment elsewhere if things aren't poppin in america? i know the majority doesn't have that mentality at the moment, but what's to say in a number of years this might not be the case? i know a lot of young people who are becoming xpats... myself included. you know i can't wait to leave... LOL. so with the world "flattened" so to speak, isn't it easier and more appealing to go elsewhere?

ZPRM said...

Yeah that's true. That's a scary thing to think about. Mainly because immigrants (no offense to anyone) dumb down the current culture currently taken place in a certain area, and replace it with their own. Places like China are rich in culture. The thing with America is, there isn't a set culture taken place here. Its truly nothing more than a melting pot. I feel sorry for wherever the next "dream" spot is. There's no where like America. Other places don't need a "melting pot"..

vstar* said...

this is true. america is perhaps the youngest nation...so there's no defined culture yet. but this is party due to the fact that america was robbed of its culture when european settlers came and massacred the native people. imagine what things would have been like had america not been colonized....