Reverse Balikbayans: Going Back to the Motherland

by Leonard

This isn’t really an Olympics story but on today’s NBC morning news, there was a feature piece on Chinese Americans Going BACK to their Motherland to cash in on China’s surging economy. They say that it’s the next step in the ‘American Dream’ – bringing their Westernized culture back to the East.


Sure, the Philippines ain’t China — but have you ever thought of going to the Philippines to find work, excel at a profession, start a lucrative business…. or follow a dream?

It’s no secret that a North American education, a western accent and sensibilities are looked upon with favour in the Philz. In a country that idolizes all things (North) American, you might notice that doors might open much easier and sooner than they would for you on this side of the world.

What would be the upsides or making that sort of move? Downsides?

What’s Your Take?

~ by Leonard on August 11, 2008.

4 Responses to “Reverse Balikbayans: Going Back to the Motherland”

  1. This makes good sense to me. Those who are seeking economic gain should look worldwide. Lots of companies big (and small, e.g. the pretzel franchisees mentioned in the linked article) are going to China. Why not? It makes good sense to me particularly when the business is fluent in the language and culture of the Chine they will be doing business in. To Chinese-Americans, and all other entrepreneurs, who know the language and culture of a strong and growing economy that they want to enter, I say “Bravo! Go forward and best of success!!”

  2. So that makes sense because China is surging — but what about the Philippines?

    It’s so NOT. But if you go to Manila, you’ll meet tons of balikbayans and you may even get offered a job that might make you think of staying.

    But considering the state of the Philippines now… is THAT a good idea?

  3. I’ve thought about this. I was thinking of going back and starting up something back ‘home’. I haven’t been back to the Philippines in a long time, but when I do go back it won’t be all eating and visiting family. I will definitely keep my eyes open for business opportunities.

  4. I’m curious to hear from a balikbayan who has gone home and chosen to stay. Is there such an experience? Is it something that we all should think of trying?

    I know personally it’s a dream of mine… but I’d like to hear other people’s opinions/experiences.

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