one more voice adding to the clamor about america falling behind in research. there is some truth to this, of course.
here's my simple socio-sexual analysis :-) science and technology are much more socially acceptable in asia; while in the us, let's face it, anybody with a science and technology interest is labelled a 'geek' with no social skills, and compares unfavorably to mindless 'jocks'. geeks can't get no babes, so nobody wants to be a geek. QED.
therefore, if you want science and tech to be more popular, tell hollywood to make lots of movies about sexy scientists and engineers.