One of the positive side effects of the economic crisis is that it lets people take a look around them. More and more people are paying attention to what is going on in the world. All of a sudden what the economies elsewhere are doing is not irrelevant to the common person anymore. No not when foreign companies are the ones buying the remains of our auto industry.
While many common people have been crying foul at globalization, it took the economic down turn for the US to finally stop giving tax breaks to companies that took jobs overseas. Yeap, I said it before, if a job can be performed here in the US, it should stay here. I am an American, and while I was born in Colombia you do not need to tell me to go back to my country. I am quite comfortable watching the world change from here.
The world is far from flat, and globalization is harder to understand than what one book or even research on the subject can really explain. I have a very different perspective on the subject because even though I am not a natural born citizen, I did finish my education and started my career here in the U.S.
So what does this have to do with noodle tacos with a hint of curry?
Recently I had a couple of conversations with older white middle upper class north Americans. They are and have been the ruling demographic here in the U.S. However, they are frightened at the thought that they are slowly becoming the minority.
Being a minority is scary, it is something that is not easy to deal with. Many middle upper class Americans had never even considered that they were a minority in a lot of ways. People in the US seem to not care about the global stage, I don’t get why but I constantly hear “who gives a $#!7 what the world thinks of us?”. Just look at the raw population number and over 50% of the humans alive right now are actually Asian. Whites make up less than 10% of the world population.
Ask any middle class Indian how they feel about globalization and natural resources and they will explain that the Americans and Europeans were early to the global buffet line, but they want in on it too… and there are a lot more of them. China has more English speakers than the U.S. and Latin America’s economies are truly emerging. Just recently I learned that oil exploration down south is being done in a large percentage by China.
Many Asian countries are looking elsewhere in the world, specially Africa, for farmland. I will leave this for another post to flesh out (because it angers me that now the world wants to invest in irrigation and farming technology in Africa, but it is not to feed the hungry but to secure future resources for themselves… I digress).
So here come the “o-shit” factor. In the push for low wages and outsourcing US companies strengthened the economies of both China and India. The Latino population in the U.S. is growing and we are now the largest minority already making whites minorities in areas you would never think of opening a burrito shop.
This makes me happy in many levels. Mainly because it really angers bigoted people that wear the xenophobia under their crisply dry cleaned shirts. Realistic individuals will see that with globalization comes multiculturalism and lots of changes, and while I don’t go as far as believing in a one world government (as my buddy XO talks about) mainly because I believe that humanity is not capable (like my other buddy Emawk eloquently wrote), the world is now becoming a huge melting pot. I am just sitting back and waiting for a tasty meal.