Because the typhoon registered a number 8, the ferry was closed today so after visiting with Godfrey Ngai, CEO of Modern Dental Laboratory, he drove us back to Hong Kong. Modern is an extremely large laboratory and has served dentists all over the world for several decades. It has only a tiny slice of the market in the U.S. at this stage.
Both laboratories we visited are very oriented toward consistency and high levels of training for their technicians. Whatever thoughts you may have had about work coming from China may require a complete rewiring in your brain. These laboratories do not fit the old stereotype of what one used to think about work coming from offshore.
My overall generalized conclusion is that we Americans need to open our eyes to what is going on everywhere else in the world to get a clear perspective on what is meant when we hear that we live in a global economy. Here in Hong Kong, one can readily recognize that, though America is extremely strong and important, it is not the center of the universe as many of us grew up believing.