Can Asians Think? by Kishore Mahbubani

By Kishore Mahbubani

KISHORE MAHBUBANI has been hailed as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the increase and fall of civilizations" (The Economist), a "Max Weber of the recent 'Confucian ethic'" (Washington Post), and "a prototype twenty-first century chief" (Time). A must-read for a person with even a passing curiosity in modern Asia, this choice of provocative essays is bound to problem how you imagine. Asia's societies have been extra culturally and economically complex than Europe's on the finish of the 1st millennium. And but via the 19th century the West had leaped to this point forward that even a few Asians themselves harbored photographs of inferiority. Mahbubani's research of the previous and predictions for the long run volume to a warning call to Asians and Westerners alike. In different items akin to "The Ten Commandments for constructing nations" and "The risks of Decadence: What the remaining Can educate the West," he asserts that Westerners are principally blind to their condescending attitudes and practices towards the East and hold that superseded worldview at their very own peril - Asia's economies are poised to surpass these of Europe and North the USA in the subsequent fifty years. not anyone who reads those iconoclastic, unabashed arguments will ever regard East-West family members within the related light.“If you're looking for perception into how others understand us—and the occasions of September eleven underscore that need—then i do know of no higher advisor than Kishore Mahbubani. His choice of full of life essays will either tell and problem your thinking.”-- Paul Volcker“This ebook is a set of totally high-quality essays, elegantly written. . . . Mahbubani has an intuition for the jugular by way of picking out a serious factor and environment forth a robust thesis touching on it.”-- Samuel P. HuntingtonAuthor of The conflict of Civilizations“Interesting, provocative, and intellectually engaging.”-- Henry Kissinger

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The results of this are not all bad. The end of superpower competition has created the conditions for the ending of many conflicts that were kept well-stoked by the Cold War, ranging from El Salvador through Namibia and Afghanistan to Cambodia. Many dictatorial regimes have disappeared. This is to be welcomed. But the removal of Cold War pressures also means that forces that have been bottled up in these societies can now erupt. To understand the epochal significance of this new Western tendency to withdraw and leave most Third World societies alone (observe, for example, how many Western embassies are closing down in Africa; the British have in recent years closed their missions in Burundi, Congo, Gabon, Liberia and Somalia), consider that these societies have been subjected to heavy Western involvement in their affairs since the colonial era started in the 16th century.

Its economic transformation of East Asia has been one of the most remarkable accomplishments in history. The dramatic surge in gross domestic product which it brought about is reflected in higher standards of living for hundreds of millions of Asians, including longer life expectancy, better health and education, and millions of others have rescued themselves from poverty, and now lead more hopeful lives. 2 The confidence of East Asians has been further boosted by the numerous studies that demonstrate the impressive academic performance of East Asians, both in leading Western universities and at home.

South Korea and Thailand, although they continue to face serious economic challenges at the time of Can Asians Think? 35 writing, have clearly demonstrated that their elites are now well plugged in to the new financial networks. The new finance minister of Thailand, Tarrin Nimmanhaeminda, walks and talks with ease in any key financial capital. His performance is one indicator of the new globalised Asian mind that is emerging. The 1997–98 financial crisis also demonstrated the wisdom of the Chinese in translating the English word “crisis” as a combination of two Chinese characters, “danger” and “opportunity”.

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