I have observed a new trend in the academic life. I think it is something worthwhile discussing.
Many postdocs choose to leave American and European positions and pursue appointments in Asia, and more specifically China, Japan and South Korea. Not just fresh PhDs who are looking for their first postdoc positions, but also more experienced people more towards the tenure-track levels.
My question is: why is that?
Does it have to do with the salaries? Does it have to do with a better financial situation in South Korea, China and Japan compared to U.S and Europe? Is it related to the fact that postdoc positions are much scarcer in the Western World? Or maybe better work hours and environment? Is it related to the existing industries and job opportunitites outside academia?
I have never lived or worked in Asia, and thus, any input would be very helpful.