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    Cyburbian
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    Urban planning in Asia

    I wonder if it is at all possible for a newly minted planner right out of planning school to secure a job outside of the US in places like Hong Kong, China, Taiwan etc. I have this worry that all they look for are locals and if they do hire American planners they only choose ones with a lot of experience and knowledge of the local language. Does anyone have experience like this?

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    It would help your cause substantially if you spoke one of their languages. Learn Mandarin.

    As a private sector planner whose firm often does work in China, I can say that bringing a western influence to the table can sometimes be an asset. That asset diminishes rapidly if you cannot communicate.

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