I've been a long time silent observer of this board.
Are there any planning students/graduates/aspiring planners who's from East Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, etc. as well as Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, etc. (not sure if India is considered Asian country) and currently going for/just finished planning degree?
There is a huge Chinese population in my planning program. When I ask those Chinese students why they chose planning as their major, most of them mention the construction boom currently going on in Shanghai and great planning job opportunities there. But I'm not sure if they're mistaken when they said planning job opportunities they really meant construction/real estate job opportunities.
Besides, there are a good number of students from Singapore and European countries like France, Germany, etc. And all of the professors in my planning department are either from foreign countries or have experience in foreign countries.
But if you actually look at the planning department of any U.S. city, planners are predominantly white. So far, I have not seen a single planning department that has Asian planners. Then, what are you Asians in U.S. planning degree program looking to do after graduating? Get a job in private sector? Go for Ph.D.? Or go back to your country and find a job there?
Many U.S. cities like San Francisco and Honolulu have large Asian population. Yet, there isn't any Asian planner or any other civil servant that I know of. APA and other planning-related associations always emphasize that profession of planning should include more minorities and women in the job places but in reality, planning is still a white-predominant profession. What are you Asian planners in U.S. doing? What are your career aspirations?