The Asianization of Asia: Asia defines itself

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Political Science
Lynette Ong

Ernie Tam 2011-09-18 The Asianization of Asia; Asian defines itself Searching for a New identity • Asians have at long last started to define what their regions are about and what they represent, • The new Asian identity has four implications: Social, cultural, economic and political implications. o The difference between the Western and Eastern ideals lies with Human rights.  Japan and Korea sided with the US/European countries but India and Philippines argued that human rights must be held in context to economic growth. • The reason why it took so long for a new identity took place was a direct result of several historical events: They are as follows: th o 13 centuryMarco Polo landed in Asia and as a result was plundered by these colonial powers. o 20 century “Asia as one” Japanese’s dream was shattered with the Allied Forces Victory o End of World War IIUnion between the African nations and Asia but the relationship was frail as demonstrated by India’s clashes with China.  The union was made because of their reactionary anti colonialism/anti imperialism feelings. Economic Awareness • Future economic development in countries such as Japan, China, Korea “Common Civilization area” o Shared emotion facilitated economic co-operation  Fusion culture that carries Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism • Economic vitality and interdependence among each other is what strengthens Asia together. o “American fever no longer translated into Asian being affected.”-Malaysian Vice Minister of Trade Chun Jui Meng  Shows the significance of how much stronger the Asian markets had become. • Asian multinational corporations use Japan’s quality control, management style and technology. o E.g. Factory in New Delhi India, The Japanese company Suzuki teamed up with Indian government to produce the Maruti. (car) Economic Unity through “one common culture” Ernie Tam 2011-09-18 • Electronic Communications technology o Links between middle classes of various Asian cultures/ countries. • Asia has become a COMMON HERITAGE among the middle classes through the global media. o E.g. TVB dramas cre
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