Imagine China become the United States in terms of immigration?
Wouldn't it be awesome?! I went to China last summer and Shanghai was multicultural already. I totally dig the idea of it becoming multicultural and opening its doors to immigrants just like the U.S.
Not. Going. To. Happen.
If you want a better fantasy. Imagine the Philippines and Mexico with a birthrate no higher than the USA.
China has always, throughout its history, thought of foreigners as inferior in both culture and blood.
I predict that while China may allow foreigners to work there, it will never allow them or their children to assimilate, or to become citizens.
R4, Do all countries/cultures think of "outsiders" as inferior?
OP, are you insane? The only reason the Chinese tolerate immigration (or, rather, foreign workers) is to steal technology and intellectual property from the companies involved. A nation of over 1 billion people is not big in the immigration market.
Also, China deplores its own pluralism and actively seeks to grind differentiation into the dirt in order to preserve the myth of "China," a united nation, rather than the Soviet-style amalgam of subnations that it actually is. Outsiders with other notions are looked at as a danger in this vulnerable, unstable, held-together-by-greed-and-armed-power shithole.
Shanghai? All the other metropolises booming in the artificial and unsustainable nightmare of environmental disaster, false promises, market thievery and consumerist cravenness? You can have it.
Throw those female babies in the dustbin!
OP, I have friends that just emigrated from China, and have posted stories on DL about the extreme pressure to conform, fear of standing out at all, and especially the totally backwards thinking on sensuality and sexuality in any form. LOL at their shocked faces when I talked about male strippers, or male beauty or even male physical fitness.
Like what? Being overrun with Mongolians?
So what? Who cares?
Don't make the mistake of thinking aloof china is like shanghai
R11, China isn't aloof; they're just a bit shy.
Oh, wait a minute. Darn it, I just remembered -- I need to pick up aloof of bread on my way home. Thanks for reminding me, R11!
China has always been one of the most difficult peace corps assignments because as a culture they totally shut out foreigners. It is almost impossible to integrate/assimilate into the culture. Therefore it makes is especially difficult for volunteers because they are so isolated. Volunteers there live in some of the most sophisticated living conditions and yet they have some of the highest rate of early termination. They are exclusively teachers because it does not require integration into the community. You can go to a university everyday and teach English to a class, and the students will learn, but you will return to your home alone.
It is a lot easier to deal with no power and water for two years while becoming part of a community then having all the modern amenities and being alone. My relationships with my neighbors and village in West Africa are what kept me going and were by far the most rewarding part of the experience. they accepted me as one of their own, and it really made the time away from my friends and family so much more bearable. You just cannot get that experience in China, no mater how much you may want to have those connections.
Ugh. All of not aloof
OP knows perfectly well that China isn't going to open up their immigration any time soon.
Japan, on the other hand, may soon have little choice but to increase immigration. It's population is aging and shrinking.
R14, My Chinese immigrant friends explained that they felt isolated just because they were taller than their countrymen. Think conformity on steroids. That's why those that cannot learn and participate in school like everyone else are kept at home. Special ed? LOL
1) The good of the country. 2) The good of the neighborhood 3) The good of the extended family 4) Way last is the good of the individual
Perhaps the Uighurs on DL can shed more light on multiculturalism in China.