Thursday, May 11, 2006

Just enough room for disaster

There is a story from "Open Source" which is apparently a radio show, from...somewhere... which describes the changes hitting China as the "floating population" of migrant labor from rural areas moves around the country in search of jobs.  Increasingly though, this population is not just rural farmers being displaced by urban sprawl or newer farming techniques.  It's also increasingly comprised of college-educated people who can't find jobs in China's surging economy.  Because it takes more surging than China has been able to pull off to find jobs for the 6 million college graduates every year.
The Chinese are consistently worried about "turmoil" which, when it comes down to it today, means uncontrolled, unregulated, or unexpected change.  The things described in the story sound exactly like uncontrolled, unregulated, and unexpected change.  I just hope things don't spin too far out of control.

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