Underdeveloped because of America?

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Underdeveloped because of America?

It has become a great amazement to me that many countries are suffering because of the jobs that America supplies for them. Before I began learning about global stratification, I often thought highly of America and the sense that we supplied jobs for those in less fortunate countries. Though this statement is true, to an extent, it brings great heartache upon me knowing that the people of other countries are working so hard and for so little. I do not understand why they should get paid less for a job just because they are not working in the United States. Aren't we trying to help these countries? Don't we want the suffering of the world's poverty to end?

The hours that these hard working people put in are endless. They do not get the opportunities that we, as Americans, receive just because they are in another location in the world.

Watching the documentation video in class really put a desire in my heart to help these people. I wanted to go to Indonesia and experience what they are experiencing. As, I watched the video more, I realized that I could in no way perform the endless straining hours which these young Indonesians experienced day after day, hour after hour.

In the video, the people seemed very grateful for their jobs, and they did not complain about the pay. It was sad to see that these people were scared to lose their jobs and therefore hid their faces from the camera when speaking. One individual stated that she had worked very long hours, all night and all day, with only a two hour break. When asked if she could turndown the overtime, she said that it would not be acceptable and was too scared to even...