Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Mormons in the WSJ: What is up?

Is it just me, or are Mormons overrepresented in the pages of the WSJ?

Today's story is about John & Laurel Larsen. John is a 30 year old Jr. Ford Exec working in China. His wife and three young children also live with him. They live in a big, yet less developed city, ChongQuing, of 32 million people. He served a Mandarin speaking mission in Taiwan.

Mostly, the story focuses on how MNCs are sending expats overseas, esp. China, to expand their businesses and the culture shock that families have when adjusting to life overseas.

Say, how would you feel if you were the only English speaker for every 400,000 people?
If you couldn't speak the language?
Lived in a hotel?
Had a chauffer and a company car?
Had a child who couldn't tolerate wheat glutten or other dietary restrictions?

In the end...they say that it has brought them closer together as a family. What better payoff can there be?

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