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Asian Values, Western Dreams: Understanding the New Asia by Greg Sheridan

By Greg Sheridan

This article presents an exam of 1 of the main debatable concerns in Asia this day - how the zone reconciles its homegrown values with the conflicting and sometimes Western values of modernization, globalization and monetary improvement. In a sequence of chapters, each one dedicated to a rustic, the e-book explores simply what ''Asian values'' - a hugely charged time period in smooth Asia - capacity to the person international locations. in response to interviews with humans from rural peasant to President and top Minister, the chapters search to take the query of Asian values out of the world of concept and into way of life. a chain of thematic chapters enable the writer to ascertain what Asian values suggest for human rights, political improvement, nearby co-operation, economics and tradition. meant for either the administrative and the scholar, the consultant seeks to discover the recent Asia which has emerged from a long time of quick development and monetary turmoil.

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Ramos, it soon becomes clear, loves these visits to the provinces. (In his presidential term he visited all 78 provinces at least twice. The visits were part of his perpetual campaigning but also part of an attempt to stay in touch, to bring the government to the people, to liberate it from the confines of Manila’s artificial wealth and urbanisation, in what is still a poor and predominantly rural country). We fly to Nueva Ecija province in northern Luzon. There is one sense in which Ramos reveals himself to me as an absolutely typical South East Asian leader.

A Miss Xu, the Chinese delegate on the journalistic mission, is in a room a few doors away. ’ I dress and walk along to her room. au 92 CHANDOS STREET ST LEONARDS NSW 2065 38 230 × 155 A T RAG E DY O F S H A D O W S 39 on her first trip away from China and is deeply upset. It turns out that an unidentified man has been ringing her and asking her to go out with him. He even came and knocked on her door and tried to get into her room. She is very scared and, as she knows no one locally, has decided to call me for assistance.

Every so often a loud gong is beaten, disturbing an already disturbed slumber, more exhausting in its way than the half drug-like consciousness of the long, languid, tropical days. I am a guest of the Indonesian Government, part of a group of Asian journalists touring a seemingly endless succession of factories and government facilities, in Jakarta, Bandung, Jogjakarta. It is exactly like the tours that the mainland Chinese Government provides. Hospitality is lavish, political questions are avoided, countless guides look after us and all that is required of us is that we show up and smile.

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