victor shihVictor Shih by Fons1 via Flickr

2009 will be a troubling year, professor Victor Shih tells USA Today. Especially for millions of migrant workers who have lost their jobs in export oriented industries and hang on in lesser paying jobs, or return home to rural life.

For those who go home and stay, Shih says, rural life will come as a shock. “These young people were farmers, but they have lived in big cities, and their expectations are now a lot higher.”

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