May 19, 2009
Globalization: Boom and Bust in Saipan
I had a couple of comments to add. First, Adam Yamaguchi's comment, "this reminds me of Detroit" was on point. I lived in Michigan for years and even before the housing crisis much of Detroit and other manufacturing towns had already been abandoned.
Second, do most Americans even know that Saipan is part of the American territories? Saipan is in fact the capitol of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
Third, gender doesn't seem to be addressed much in this video. The garment workers as you can see are largely female. The massive influx of female garment workers has completely thrown off the sex ratio of the island.
Forth, Saipan and its efforts to circumvent US trade laws were directly involved in the Jack Abramoff scandals. Remember that guy?