US Expats Given a Kick in the Ass?

by Vern on August 1, 2011

This is a great article about China’s influence on Thailand versus what the USA would like to maintain. The Washington Times sure aren’t proofreading – as there are multiple errors where “spent” turned into “sent”. One of the world’s “great” newspapers right? You’d think they might have a proofreader on staff.

Anyway, here’s the article about Thailand and China buddying up, and the USA getting left in the cold. I think it’s already a foregone conclusion, there is nothing the USA could do to gain Thailand’s favor in face of what China can do – being so close, and with so many native Chinese-Thai citizens in the country.

China – Thailand – USA

As long as China doesn’t start scaring any of the southeast Asian countries with invasions – they’re going to increase their influence with all of them. China has lots of people that need fed. Thailand has a helluva lot of rice.

This is as far as I get on political talk, but the article did get me thinking much more seriously about whether Thailand gives a shit at all about foreign expats from USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, etc. I think they’d rather have Chinese teaching Mandarin in the schools than westerners teaching English. What the hell good is English going to be in 30 years? If Thais spoke Mandarin – jesus, they’d be able to take part in the success of the next great world power – China.

Is that why we’re seeing an increase in hoops to jump through for English teachers to teach in Thailand? It also appears to me that there are less native English teachers in the country than there were 5 years ago.

Is this part of the master plan?

I don’t see things getting any better for western expats in Thailand – just worse.

Nah, Thailand is an Asian country, that needs to look at it’s own place in the world and decide what is good for it. Americans think Thailand owes us something… I don’t think that at all.

As much as I think about this topic – I just can’t come up with another ideal place. I’m going to make that a 30 day goal – come up with another place I can move, with my Thai wife and child – where we’d be just as happy, or nearly as happy if we decided Thailand wasn’t the right place to be any longer.

Anybody see the Thai sunshine shining out our backsides in the foreseeable future?

Anybody have a solid place we can all move to en masse – with greener grass?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cr August 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Would you please let me know if you find a good place to live. Thailand does seem to changing alot

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Mr. Lee August 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Hello Vern,
If your tired of being mistreated I’d like to say “Visit the National Capital Region (aka Metro Manila) area of the Philippines”.
Mr. Lee

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Vern August 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I AM going to make my way over there… will probably be when I don’t expect it… like when I go to get my Non Immigrant O visa – and Thailand doesn’t give it to me and I need a plan B until I figure out how to get back in the country and see my daughter! lol. Thanks Lee…

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PhuketTom November 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm

The Washington Times is NOT a top newspaper. I believe it is – or was – under The Reverend Moon’s organization and is slanted to the extreme right side of any discussion. So take anything they publish with a BIG grain of salt.

PhuketTom

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Thai-American March 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I am an American who lived in China for 10 years. I want to warn everyone of what can happen to Americans if they live overseas too long. I have been having a moral crisis because I recently realized that everything I want to do in China is illegal or immoral. I cheat on girls, live with my Chinese girlfriend, work illegally, can’t use net cafes, watch pirated movies, don’t pay income taxes, and want to buy a car, house, and a business, but I don’t know how.

I want to have my own place, but all the hotels I have been to tell me that foreigners aren’t allowed to stay there.

I tried to use net bars in China, but some of them wanted a Chinese ID card even though I am a foreigner.

I want to watch legitimate movies, but every movie here is counterfeit.

I don’t pay taxes in the US or China.

I also don’t have a degree and I work illegally.

I do not qualify for Social Security benefits if I become disabled because I did not pay in to Social Security for 10 years in the USA.

My US military college benefits have expired.

I have not paid my medical, credit card, and student loan debts in the USA.

My college credits have expired.

I am risking my health. Chinese air is dirty, I have lost a tooth because drinking water in China does not have fluoride, and I was once beaten and robbed.

I rarely read books.

I haven’t voted in years.

I am not religious anymore. There aren’t even real churches in China.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/04/world/asia/04iht-web.0504vatican.html

I would like to leave China, but my girlfriend wants to stay here.

I don’t want to live overseas if everything I do makes me feel like a criminal. Not all of my problems are the result of living in Asia, but I just wanted to let foreigners know that if you live abroad, get careless, and let things slip, you might regret it.

Other laws expats should be aware of when living in foreign countries are:

Sex tourism has been outlawed.

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2004-02-18-sex-tourists_x.htm

Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba.

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/05/travel/bush-administration-showing-willingness-to-enforce-law-on-visiting-cuba.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

People who owe child support are not allowed to have passports.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-welch21aug21,0,123074.story

Americans must report any currency that they carry over $10,000.

http://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5859&Itemid=2

Americans must pay US taxes on worldwide income.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/26/business/worldbusiness/26iht-tax.html?pagewanted=all

Americans must also pay income taxes to foreign countries when they work overseas.

http://www.sars.gov.za/home.asp?pid=44773

Americans must pay taxes on foreign gifts given and received.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/your-money/24iht-nwgift.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/article/0%2C%2Cid=200722%2C00.html

Americans cannot have US or foreign bank accounts while living overseas.

http://blogs.wsj.com/hong-kong/2011/03/10/red-white-and-through/

Americans who do have overseas bank accounts must report them to the US government every year.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124804796387763807.html

Foreign workers are forbidden from working in many countries.

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/9/23/central/2090943&sec=central

Some countries require websites to be licensed by the government.

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jun/08/world/fg-chinaweb8

Airline passengers can now be added to “no-fly” lists, searched, and required to have an ID.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/us/22tsa.html

Americans are now required by law to have health insurance.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2011-06-29-health-care-ruling_n.htm

Americans are now required to have a passport to visit Canada and Mexico.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/03/14/business/doc49bb9a6967f18615571979.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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