L'anthologie of Global Inestabilidad Transpuesta - Modern Instabilité: Youth and Employment in France and China (Part 19)


Transposing Emblem by Sophie Halimi

The global economic situation is constantly debated in our era. The media play a strong role in the way we perceive economic performance in one country or another. In Europe nowadays, we tend to consider youth employment to be a good indicator of the economic health of a country. But what we want to look into here are the different types of current instabilité in youth employment that we have to deal with in our modern times, as the indicator itself does not mean the same thing and does not reflect uniform phenomena in France and China. 
France - Cafe in the evening by Irina Bg
In France, although our government refuses to use the term austerity to define the difficult times the country is going through and the efforts our population is required to make so that the country can rise again one day, young potential workers have the feeling of being forgotten and totally left out. Aren’t we told all day long that we have no previous significant experience and that another candidate is more qualified for the job? And when we do have this significant experience, aren’t we told that the offered salary is not very high and long-term employment can’t be guaranteed? 
Paris, France - Street cafe by Irina Bg
With steadily more freedom of speech and liberty to choose, the youth of today has a right to say no to these conditions, which is fully understandable. The issue is that when you get used to saying no to something, you start having the feeling that it becomes okay and normal to say no to everything that does not sound good enough, which creates an abnormal level of instabilité in exactly the same place where common effort is needed to reachieve stability. Modern youth in France, purely and simply, refuses to work the hard jobs that previous generations accepted in order to contribute to the country’s economic growth and stability. 
Paris, France - Autumn in the park by Irina Bg
Young people would like to get good, stable and comfy jobs. These jobs being really hard to get – or even just really hard to find – it can often become a source of stress and anxiety since a young person sometimes does not know for sure whether or not they should take a certain job with less than ideal terms. As this Damocles sword hangs over their heads, and in the absence of any long-term employment guarantee, in the end we simply feel very replaceable on the job market. 
Paris, France - Seine river by Irina Bg
When we do, though, get to sign a job contract for an indefinite term, French law ensures extremely high protection for employees. This matter is widely discussed in France, as employers and employees stand on a very different level of appreciation. When we get to sign a really good contract, some of us do our best on a daily basis, but some of us sometimes don’t exhibit the full motivation and dedication to the job we’re eventually finally employed for because we feel that getting the job was the hardest part and we finally made it. Which produces even more instabilité on the job market because it tends to make employers very wary about offering new jobs to the younger generation. 
Shanghai, China - Painting of city street by grandfailure
What’s on the other side? One has to understand that the very definition of youth in China has been recently modified as the first generations of people born during the 3-decade one-child policy enter the job market. Here, we have to deal with kids who have been a unique prince or a unique princess for their parents and both sets of grandparents for twenty or thirty years. 

Today, as the population is aging, a young worker is seen as a rare resource. The little prince and little princess therefore are pure gold on the job market. And they’ve got their word to say, especially when they dislike their job, which is very new in Chinese culture and society (being able to say we want to quit our job). 
Hong Kong - Abstract of downtown by pranodhm
With China’s demographic development and economic growth, the sector of services has exploded, and lots of small businesses have emerged on the market. When directors need to hire new employees, it has become tougher than ever as offers now outpace demand. Indeed, in some areas, there are too many jobs available and a small population of young active workers to hire. We – kids who have grown up with the idea that we are very unique, special, amazing, strong, clever and irreplaceable – have power. And where there is power, there is constraint. Employers need to hire a fresh and effective workforce, but the population of young workers is not willing to work as hard as previous generations.
China -Building by Jack Q
I recently travelled to China for business again, and was very surprised to see how the quality of service has decreased in some areas within just a few years. Not in the countryside or remote areas, but in big cities. Ten or fifteen years ago, service was always impeccable, and mistakes were severely brought to the attention of employees. Now, especially in restaurants (as the food industry constitutes a major pillar of economic activity in the country as a whole), the service is sometimes not what it used to be, and I came to understand, by talking with bosses and other directors, that it is hard for them to keep a steady team of employees working on a long-term basis. It is now the case that when we don’t like a job anymore or when we are required to exert too much of an effort that we are not willing to make, we don’t mind quitting and looking for the next opportunity. There are plenty of them. Our boss has got something to say about the quality of our work? No problem, the boss next door should be more flexible, let’s go and check him out. So some directors now opt to keep their mouth shut for a while, just to make sure the employee doesn’t run away. 
China - Landscape on old paper by Jacky Brown
China is ushering in an era filled by a whole new concept of instability that nobody really expected to see. With the end of the one-child policy, our country is now going to be back on the path to having a larger potential workforce, but the next twenty to thirty years will be critical, because the employees of today may turn into the employers of tomorrow, and they will be in charge as the future generations are being raised and grow up. China’s challenge today, in my opinion, is really to find a way to keep productivity up to speed. The younger generations must be trained to maintain the high level of quality in service that the country has enjoyed for a long time, and might fail to achieve if nothing is done fast. 


The Emblem of Instability exhibited in postcards (text on back) at 1080 Brew (Queens, NY)

Credits

Photo 1: China - Textures by ilolab
Photo 2: France - Cafe in the evening by Irina Bg
Photo 3: Paris, France - Street cafe by Irina Bg
Photo 4: Paris, France - Autumn in the park by Irina Bg
Photo 5: Paris, France - Seine river by Irina Bg
Photo 6: Shanghai, China - Painting of city street by grandfailure
Photo 7: Hong Kong - Abstract of downtown by pranodhm
Photo 8: China - Building by Jack Q
Photo 9: China - Landscape on old paper by Jacky Brown


Parts of the Emblem of Instability

Bichen, Svetlana Novoselova. Mental and Cultural Instability: Russia and Turkey. February 2017.
Caetano, Raphael. Instabilidade emocional: Brazil. February 2017.
D'Adam, Anton. Psychosocial Instability in Argentina and America: El granero del mundo and The Manifest Destiny. January 2017.
Delibasheva, Emilia. Political Instability: Electoral Coups in America and Bulgaria. December 2016.
Friedrich, Angelika. Introduction: The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Fondevik, Vigdis. Unstable Nature: Norway and Denmark. October 2016.
Hernandez, Jonay Quintero. Embracing Instability - Spain. February 2017.
Mankevich, Tatsiana. The Absence of Linguistic Stabilнасцi: Does the Belarusian Language Have a Future? December 2016.
Meschi, Isabelle. Linguistic Instabilité and Instabilità: France and Italy. November 2016.
Mitra, Ashutosh. The Instability of Change: India. January 2016.
Moussly, Sahar. The Instability of Tyranny: Syria and the Syrian Diaspora. December 2016.
Nastou, Eliza. Psychological Αστάθεια and Inestabilidad during the Economic Crisis: Greece and Spain. December 2016.
Partykowska, Natalia. Niestabilność and адсутнасць стабільнасці in the Arts: Polish and Belarusian Theater. January 2017.
Persio, P.L.F. Social Instabilità and Instabiliteit: Italy and the Netherlands. November 2016.
Romano, Mavi. Unstable Identities: Ecuador and Europe. October 2016.
Sousa, Antonia. Social and Economic Instabilidade: Portugal. January 2017.
Vuka. My Intimate Imbalanced Inclination: Serbia. March 2017.
Walton, Éva. Historical and Psychological Bizonytalanság within Hungarian Culture. January 2017.
Zadrożna-Nowak, Amelia. Economic Instability: Poles at Home and the Polish Diaspora. November 2016.

To follow: texts by Turkish, Belarusian, French, Russian, Guatemalan, New Guinean writers and translators


Further reading

Friedrich, Angelika. The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part I). August 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part II). August 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part III). September 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Forward to Next Transposing Emblem. January 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Changes to Transposing Emblems. November 2015.
Whittlesey, Henry. Excerpt of new emblem transpoзиция on trash. September 2015.



The Emblem of Instability exhibited in postcards (text on back) at 1080 Brew (Queens, NY)

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