From the perspective of Chinese/US science and technology, we can see a big difference in university enrollment in STEM degrees.I was thinking recently about all these statistics about how US life expectancy has gone down being used as a campaign issue in running for President of the US? And what are they blaming? It's because they say white males are under attack in society. Suicide rates have gone up like never before. They think they're being blamed for all societal problems. And white males haven't been doing the same to other men...? They portray other males as more likely to abuse and rape women. They're attacking other men's masculinity all the time. Take a look at what they say about Asian men. Yet we have to hear and feel sympathetic for what white men are going through...? It's not like they haven't stopped their assault on other men. Is their media or freer internet talking about that? They're the only ones that are victims of this. Hence why this fight with China over technology is so important. It's about control of the future. It's about control over their masculinity. Technology is going to determine who's on top because whoever controls technology is going to be making all the money. If they're not making the money, they won't be dominant in the world.
These are the latest figures I could quickly find..
In 2015, 18% of US bachelor's degrees were STEM related. But the majority are Indians or Chinese.
In 2013, 40% of Chinese bachelor's degrees were STEM related
So we can see that STEM emphasis in China was twice as high.
As Chinese university enrollment levels increase, in the long-run, we could expect China to educate many more STEM degree-holders.
This has a large implication in terms of technology R&D personnel, and overall familiarity with technology amongst the workforce.
From a sociological perspective, STEM degrees are very male-dominated, whereas other courses tend to be female-dominated.
So we should also see a much higher proportion of higher-earning males in Chinese society versus US society.
From a societal perspective, this should mean Chinese society has larger numbers of eligible men in the future.
But in the USA, it is Indian and Chinese men who have STEM degrees.
So this is seen as a threat by many in the white male majority, thus their masculinity is denigrated in the media.