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Old 03-28-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Since the quality of life seems to be improving in many East Asian countries and many places are modernising (and in some cases even more than the West) and not as impoverished as they were in the past, has anyone here that may be living in western countries considered moving back to Asia?
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Are you speaking of Asians in other countries?

Well I was born in Singapore. Singapore is a different case, since it's already first world with a living standard as good (well for most) or even better than most Western countries. However, I wouldn't want to live there permanently due to a number of reasons and renounced my citizenship before I turned 18. I came here at age 1 so while I acknowledge my Singaporean roots, I'm basically Australian.

I have heard of a few ethnic Chinese Malaysians thinking of moving back to China. I wouldn't say it's 'reverse migration' since they are born and grew up in Malaysia, and are Malaysians, but due to what they perceive to be unfair treatment by the government or for a few a desire to reconnect with their roots (some still maintain some Chinese culture) they want to 'return.' Of course, I think with a few exceptions the PRC (which is of course populated enough) just views them the same as other foreigners, although foreigners with skills are definitely welcomed.

A similar example are Japanese Brazilians who 'returned' to Japan (even if they were pretty much Brazilian). Many had been in Brazil many generations and could not speak Japanese. Anyway they were discriminated against and seen as unruly for their exuberant, passionate, extroverted Latin character and many returned to Brazil.

Goes to show culture/where you were raised is more important than any sort of ancestral ties.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Since the quality of life seems to be improving in many East Asian countries and many places are modernising (and in some cases even more than the West) and not as impoverished as they were in the past, has anyone here that may be living in western countries considered moving back to Asia?
i'm an american and moved to china. admittedly though, im white.

not that i had a poor standard of living in the US, not at all. my last official US zip was 90210, ffs.

but its something new and exciting, and meaningful to me and to others, which is more than i can say for whatever i'd be doing stateside at the moment.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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Moving back to asia as a permanent resident or citizen of asian countries. Different asian countries have different policies, for some asian countries, this can be not easy, especially those countries that do not allow multiple citizenships.

Westernised Asians can be found in Taiwan, HK and Singapore, those with multi languages skills are highly valued in the job market.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:17 PM
 
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Quite honestly, quality of living is the best in North America no matter how you put it (clean air, more space, nearly 100% developed areas).

Career wise, I would say many more opportunities can be had in Asia (especially when you compare to Canada). This would be a good reason to reverse immigrate.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Quite honestly, quality of living is the best in North America no matter how you put it (clean air, more space, nearly 100% developed areas).

Career wise, I would say many more opportunities can be had in Asia (especially when you compare to Canada). This would be a good reason to reverse immigrate.
I'd say it's better overall in Australia.
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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My family are from Hong Kong, a city that's been modernized for 40 years. I enjoy visiting, but would never consider moving there. It's too polluted, too crowded, and the school system sucks. I think in general overseas Asians might move back to their ancestral countries for economic opportunities, but QOL just isn't on par with North America given the same income.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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I was born in India, but I could probably never move back there. I'm too culturally American and life in India is extremely competitive and cut-throat for someone who isn't accustomed to having to be that competitive. You need a strong network and good contacts to be successful in business in India. Running a business in the U.S. is 10x easier.
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I was born in India, but I could probably never move back there. I'm too culturally American and life in India is extremely competitive and cut-throat for someone who isn't accustomed to having to be that competitive. You need a strong network and good contacts to be successful in business in India. Running a business in the U.S. is 10x easier.
Yeah while I find India fascinating and hope to visit soon, even if I was really rich I wouldn't want to live there.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:48 PM
 
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Factors that can lead to Reverse immigration

Not like the place, can not adjust, dislike western lifestyle and culture, bad english level, job, business, discrimination, miss family & friends, expensive......
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