Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I'd head to Asia now if I was a bright young person

In 1807, if you were smart, you'd move to London. In 1907, you should have moved to New York. Well, 2007, you should have moved to Asia, which is when I moved to Asia.

Because for my children, the best skills I can give them are to speak good Mandarin and to know Asia. It's not going to make them successful, I assure you. There are plenty of people in the world who speak Mandarin and who know Asia that aren't successful. But it will give them a leg-up.

And if I were a bright young man or woman now, that's what I would do, I'd go to Asia, learn at least one Asian language. Mandarin is the best as far as I'm concerned. But I would certainly head to Asia.

My problem, another one of my mistakes, I went to China in 1984, scared to death by the way, because I had been listening to American propaganda all my life.

Evil, vicious, terrible people the Chinese. They're going to cut your throat.

I got there and I said, "These aren't evil, vicious, terrible people. These are wonderful people." Educated, hard-working and they save for the future. But if I'd been smart I would have stayed. Shows you how smart I am.

I went there and I saw, oh my God; look at this. Look at what's happening.

I went back to Asia several times and many times since, but you know if I was such a bright kid, I would have stayed in Asia in the '80s.