New York Times article, entitled, “American Graduates Finding Jobs in China,” makes it seem that all a young American needs to do to get a job in China is to show up. Wow!
When I read that article, it did not seem to jibe with what I was seeing out there, but from my perch at a tiny law firm, I figured I just was not seeing enough. Guess my perch is not so bad after all. Danwei has a great short post on this that very concisely calls bullshit on the whole idea:
Danwei received email from two old China hand journalists yesterday regarding the New York Times story linked here:
Wise Hack A:
Here’s one of those great stories that the ever lazy hack pack recycle every so often – floods of Yanks coming to China for jobs.
No evidence whatsoever for this but it gets churned out again every couple of years I note.
Wise Hack B:
Please please mention the NYT “no Mandarin required” article and what
an absolute crock of shit it is. Thanks.
Stan Abrams at China Hearsay concurs:
Sorry, that is some real skewed bullshit writing there.
I have spoken with a few China people on this who should know and they all saying the same thing: there are jobs in China for foreigners, but things are tight and it certainly ain’t easy….
I am NOT saying don’t go, but I am saying be reasonable on your timeline and keep your expectations in check.