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
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:
o 13 centuryMarco 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 IIUnion between the African nations and Asia
but the relationship was frail as demonstrated by India’s clashes
The union was made because of their reactionary anti
colonialism/anti imperialism feelings.
• 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
• 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
• Electronic Communications technology
o Links between middle classes of various Asian cultures/
• Asia has become a COMMON HERITAGE among the middle classes
through the global media.
o E.g. TVB dramas cre