The Asian culture and other cultures have vastly adopted many nuances of each other; especially the ones that they thought will contribute towards the development of their respective cultures. The youth was in early times dependent on their families until they attained the age of 18 when they were supposed to become financially responsible for their own self. Influenced by western culture mostly, now even the other cultures are inspiring their young ones to realize and respect the value of money.
Whether the child belongs to an affluent family or a middle class one, getting a job at young age so that you can at least provide for yourself is a highly essential exercise that can lead to exceptional mental growth in the young mind. The jobs for 16 year olds are designed in such a manner that the individual can learn much more and contribute to the best of their ability. If you join a company or an organization at this age, you will find yourself mostly shadowing a mentor who is a mixture of being your manager as well as professional guardian. If you take up an informal role like working as an assistant in personal tasks or tasks like household chores, you will find that even through familiar work, you can learn a lot of new skills.