Recently seasonal US crab fishing is recruiting Chinese crew to catch some serious crabs with a significant salary offer $10,000 per week. Since Discover channel program broadcasted worldwide, more and more people are familiar with thrilling crab catching scenes. Will you be the next crew to work on one of those fishing boat?
The question is lying behind the recruitment. And how Chinese react to such recruitment ads.
Fist let’s see some cultural background what Chinese think of being a fisherman. Fisherman in China was discriminated as being poor and being under-educated. Being poor and being under-educated are what Chinese hated. When they categorize their job, they probably do not wish people to know they are hired to be a fisherman. Fisherman is definitely not a proud job to do. Unhappy with the job title.
Salary $10,000 per week. Will Chinese Netizen be tamped? Yes,of course. $10,000 per week is equivalent RMB 6,2900 per week which is more than an average Foxconn worker’s two year’s income.
Most of Chinese who responded are a little bit worried of the challenging working conditions. Some of them comments, they fear risking their life to earn that kind of money. But compared to stuffy and forbidden working environment in Foxconn with sweet smiles and fun photographs from working crew, lot of brave Chinese would like to give a try, think of an interesting life experience; and most of all, it worth life of time. While more Chinese responders were talking about how to get themselves to work on those boats. They think even they want to fish crabs, probably they won’t have such luck (working permit)to work overseas, especially country like US.
From the editor’s point of view: if crab fishing recruit advertisement put some effort on promoting employee’s life insurance, welfare and well being guarantee, it may attract more Chinese reciters’ attention. In US those employee benefits are seen as milk and coffee, while such things are very rare in China. Foxconn labour including millions of Chinese people never heard of it.
“King crab fishing jobs in Alaska are quite exciting, but very dangerous too. Moreover, this job really pays good money. If you have the nerve to fish under dangerous circumstances, then king crab fishing job is just for you.”