The future looks really bright for designers from outside of America.
I am working on developing a view of what is happening around the world in design. Its going slow but it is under way. One source that has been helpful and affordable is the magazine Monocle which reports on design and culture from far flung corners of the globe in each issue.
Also, if you are in the NYC area next week there is an interesting looking symposium on Japanese design and technology.
Design and Technology Symposium