By Greg Sheridan
This article presents an exam of 1 of the main arguable matters in Asia at the present time - how the sector reconciles its homegrown values with the conflicting and sometimes Western values of modernization, globalization and financial improvement. In a chain of chapters, every one dedicated to a rustic, the ebook explores simply what ''Asian values'' - a hugely charged time period in glossy Asia - potential to the person international locations. in response to interviews with humans from rural peasant to President and major Minister, the chapters search to take the query of Asian values out of the area of concept and into lifestyle. a sequence of thematic chapters enable the writer to envision what Asian values suggest for human rights, political improvement, neighborhood co-operation, economics and tradition. meant for either the administrative and the coed, the consultant seeks to discover the hot Asia which has emerged from many years of quick progress and monetary turmoil.
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Asian Values, Western Dreams: Understanding the New Asia by Greg Sheridan