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Of the Southeast Asian countries, East Timor most recently gained its independence, as was mentioned in the previous lesson. In comparing these island nations, extensive diversity in all aspects will be found. There are major differences in cultural, economic, and political dynamics, and in the ethnic groups that make up the dominant majorities in each.
Are you considering relocating to Southeast Asia? Thailand is the second biggest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesiaand one of the fastest growing in the continent. Its capital, Bangkok, is a bustling metropolis and is highly attractive not only for tourists but also for expats.
A SMALL factory in an industrial park outside Shanghai, churning out widgets you never see but probably use, provides a perfect snapshot of the state of global manufacturing today. Some workers at the Integrated Micro-Electronics IMI facility affix pieces by hand to circuit boards bound for digital displays on European stoves. But IMI is important less for what it makes than for what it represents. A cog in long supply chains, it produces part, but never all, of brand-name consumer goods.
Teaching abroad can be about so much more than just traveling and escaping the 9-to-5 grind for a year or two. When researching salaries, remember to take into account the often lower local cost of living in certain regions, especially Asia. Outside of the amazing pay, perks on offer for successful candidates include paid vacation, roundtrip airfare and health insurance!
Cheap, hardworking labor has been a driving force in the economies of Asia. One analyst told Time magazine: "In most of Asia, factory workers put in long hours for low wages. That, in fact, is why U.
Growth in per capita incomes has been among the fastest in the world, and last year the region was the fourth largest contributor to global growth after China, India, and the United States. Living standards have improved dramatically. Poverty rates are down sharply. Chang Yong Rhee.
The idea of helping to fund a trip to South East Asia by doing some work locally as you go along maybe an attractive one, but it's a challenging prospect in reality. The first problem is that tourist visas and visa-free entry for any country in South East Asia always forbid any form of work or business including volunteer and unpaid workand you'll need to apply for a proper visa in advance. That's trickier than it sounds, as getting a work visa usually means needed a confirmed job offer or company sponsorship letter first.
After working several years at an auto parts factory outside Bangkok, Prasit Prasopsuk compared conditions at his workplace with those of a friend employed at a similar plant—and realized his wages were lower and working conditions worse because there was no union representation. The conversation spurred Prasopsuk to action, and he went on to organize a union instarting with co-workers whose numbers grew to 1, in two years. Employers dismiss workers they suspect of organizing a union—even though it is against the law—and wield a gamut of other tactics, including forming company unions and taking legal action against workers and unions for such issues as derogatory statements on social media.