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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 somebody with even a passing curiosity in modern Asia, this selection 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 by means of the 19th century the West had leaped thus far forward that even a few Asians themselves harbored photographs of inferiority. Mahbubani's research of the previous and predictions for the long run quantity to a take-heed call to Asians and Westerners alike. In various items akin to "The Ten Commandments for constructing nations" and "The risks of Decadence: What the remaining Can train the West," he asserts that Westerners are mostly blind to their condescending attitudes and practices towards the East and continue that superseded worldview at their very own peril - Asia's economies are poised to surpass these of Europe and North the United States in the subsequent fifty years. nobody who reads those iconoclastic, unabashed arguments will ever regard East-West family within the similar 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 larger advisor than Kishore Mahbubani. His selection of vigorous essays will either tell and problem your thinking.”-- Paul Volcker“This publication is a suite of completely nice essays, elegantly written. . . . Mahbubani has an intuition for the jugular in terms of picking out a severe factor and environment forth a strong thesis touching on it.”-- Samuel P. HuntingtonAuthor of The conflict of Civilizations“Interesting, provocative, and intellectually engaging.”-- Henry Kissinger

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Though their economic success, especially that of Japan, is seen as a serious problem by some in the West, in the larger context of relations between the West and the Rest it should surely be seen as part of the solution. For Japan and the other East Asian success stories are setting off ripples of development in the Third World in a way that no Western society has ever succeeded in doing. Consider this great historical oddity: Why is it that decades of proximity to, and contact with, North America and Western Europe did not inspire any of the neighbouring societies in Latin America, the Middle East or Africa to plunge into the free-market universe, despite the obvious economic benefits of doing so?

In North America, societies are troubled by the relative breakdown of the family as an institution, the plague of drug addiction and its attendant problems, including crime, the persistence of ghettos and the perception that there has been a decline in ethical standards. This is exemplified by statistics provided by the US government that reflect social trends for the period 1960–90. During that 30-year period, the rate of violent crime quadrupled, single-parent families Can Asians Think? 31 almost tripled, and the number of US state and federal prisoners tripled.

And only they can answer it. No one else can. 1. Will Durant, The Age of Faith, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1950, p. 450. 2. Joseph Stiglitz, The Asian Wall Street Journal, 2 February 1998. 3. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Out of Control, New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1993, p. 3. 4. Ibid, p. 4–5. Asia’s Lost Millennium Asiaweek. Special Millennium Edition 2000 The Millennium is a European event. It marks a significant turn in European, not Asian, calendars. At the last turn of the millennium, in the year 999, European societies were languishing in the Dark Ages, with little promise of shooting ahead.

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