Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
At the 15th Annual Conference of the Committee of 100, Thomas Friedman, NY Times Columnist, received the Headline Award for his contribution to Asian Businesses through his writing.
Friedman was the keynote speaker for the Friday evening gala event. I sat in a small room, was given a nice dinner and watched/listened to his speech on a flat screen Samsung TV.
Friedman introduced the key points of his upcoming book, “The New Middle Class.”
The new middle class, Friedman says, will be made up of workers in 8 fields. They are:
1. The Great Collaborators – people who can tie things together, even people of different cultures.
2. The Great Leveragers – people who know how to leverage technology to meet needs.
3. The Great Synthesizers – people who can connect the dots. He gave an excellent example of the IPOD – a combination MP3 player, downloading music from the Internet and mass produced in China.
4. The Great Localizers – people who can use technology to start businesses from their garages = bring global resources to their neighborhood.
5. Passionate Personalizers – people who can make people excited about simple/everyday things/anything.
6. Anything Green – if it good for the environment, it has a future. “Tell your kids to find a green job,” Friedman said.
7. The Great Explainers – people who can explain and make sense of it all, teachers, online media (That’s me!)
8. The Great Adapters – the people who train for the Olympics but don’t know what event they will participate – the people who are really flexible in many fields.
And then Friedman said something very interesting – “It is the Chinese-American who will be the big winner in the new middle class.” The Chinese-American can meet/excel at any and all of these fields.
The Chinese inclination for hard work coupled with the US ability to innovate = success.
Question: Do you agree?
Question: Is the Chinese/American the ONLY group that is headed for success?
I think not. The bi-cultural, multi-cultural individual is the one who is likely to succeed in my book, not just the Chinese.
What do you think?