Saturday, January 26, 2013

China's college graduates eschew Maoist factory work (with plentiful jobs), even though office jobs are harder to find; manual labor shortage affects housing


China is experiencing the “moral laziness” problem that would have delighted my own father, who used to lecture me about “manual labor” and “formation of proper habits.” At least that’s the inference in a Jan. 25 New York Times story by Keith Bradsher, “With diplomas, Chinese reject jobs in factory”, link here
   
College graduates want white-collar office jobs, but the demand in China, because of its export-driven manufacturing economy, is for regimented factory jobs.

Complicating the picture is China’s long-standing “one child per family” policy since the late 1980s, and Confucian values that supposedly maintain class separation (from what I had called “low work” as a boy). 
   
New factory workers used to have to pay foremen, although that practice is slowly subsiding. But workers still have dorms are small apartments, maybe about 100-150 square feet per person. It appears that housing is weak because there is not enough manual labor to build it.  Internet service is also somewhat limited.  

The "one child" or "little emperor" policy certainly didn't promote communist values.  

Curiously, media have reported that China is the only nation with relatively friendly diplomatic relations with North Korea.  

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