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Can Asians Think?

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Asia's societies were more culturally and economically advanced than Europe's at the end of the first millennium. And yet by the nineteenth century the West had leaped so far ahead that even some Asians themselves harbored images of inferiority.
Mahbubani's analysis of the past and predictions for the future amount to a wake-up call to Asians and Westerners alike. In diver
Paperback, Third Edition, 266 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Times Editions (first published March 28th 2001)
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Caleb Liu
I borrowed this from a bunk mate during Basic Military Training having started the practice of bring books into camp. I recall that my buddy read such frigtening things as Six Sigma Success: A Guide to Good Leadership, where I found the whole point of reading in such a place to be a sort of escapism. This book dealt with the old chesnut of the differences between the East and West (never the twain shall meet according to Kipling, riding stride the wave of "Asian values" that had been trumpeted b ...more
Amalina Zulkiflee
Buku ini agak berat untuk dibaca dan sangat provokatif. Namun kalau hendak menjawab soalan, "Benarkah warga Asia boleh berfikir?", kita perlu lihat keupayaan kita untuk menggunakan sistem meritokrasi. Kebanyakan negara di Asia masih lagi bergantung kepada status quo dan hak keistimewaan bangsa tertentu untuk dapatkan keperluan tertentu . Jadi persoalan tersebut menyebab kan kita masih ditahap "MUNGKIN". Dengan kebebasan media yang sempit di Asia, Hak Asasi manusia yang kurang diperjuangkan, masi ...more
Arief Bakhtiar D.
INDIA abad ini adalah India yang berderap. Tapi rupanya, bertahun-tahun lalu, banyak rakyat pesimis untuk sukses dengan meniru Singapura. Raden Tata, industrialis India, sebagaimana yang ditulis Kishore Mahbubani dalam Asia: Hemisfer Baru Dunia, sering kali mendapat jawaban malas mengenai “apa yang dapat dipelajari India yang besar dari Singapura” yang kecil.

Suara itu adalah suara elakan.

Tapi ketika Tiongkok yang besar mengalami pertumbuhan ekonomi luar biasa, sementara Tiongkok meniru Singapura
It's always good to read books by people whose views are wildly different from your own. This is written by a Singaporean diplomat and former UNSC representative with strong views about the changes on world capitalism.
Booking it down to simple points, I can summarise the messages of the book as:
Asian countries are in the rise and world institutions (national government in the East and West, the UN, G8 etc) need to adapt to take account of that fact.
People in Asia need to have more self confide
Teringat bertahun-tahun silam, Dosen Profesor memamerkan buku 'Bisakah Orang Asia Berpikir?'(terjemahan Teraju) ini di depan kelas Ekologi. Dan entah bagaimana ceritanya buku teks setebal 317 halaman ini ada di rak buku saya. Sedikit malas mengulas buku berkategori 'berat' seperti ini..

Provokatif, sensitif, dan bisa menyinggung identitas bangsa-bangsa dunia Ketiga, begitu Dawam Rahardjo mengungkapkan di pengantar.

Di Bab 1, Kishore langsung membeberkan analisa jawaban 'Bisakah orang Asia Berpikir
Mahbubani can be accused of wishing for a cult of personality to call his own, but this shouldn't detract from certain truths that his characteristically controversial personage brings forth. Here's a choice excerpt from pg. 86:

"Only hubris can explain why so many Western societies are trying to defy the economic laws of gravity. Budgetary discipline is disappearing. Expensive social programs and pork-barrel projects multiply with little heed to costs. The West's low savings and investment rates
I greatly enjoyed this book. It talks at length about the economics of Asia and the influence and policies of the west. There's also a chapter about the UN and the role of the Security Council. I learned about issues that I had never thought of before, from an Asian's (Singaporean) perspective. This book would be valuable to anyone working in development, especially in Asia. I found that many of the concepts were applicable to Cambodia and their past, as well as Thailand and its future. I have n ...more
Prof Mahbubani's essays enable me to have a glimpse of understanding of general political and economical affairs happened in Asia and the rest of the world. His paradoxical analysis on many global affairs present readers with more dimensions of understanding, instead of one sided black and white portrayal.
Good learning reading the book, and worth reading again to refresh the memory for what happened in the past for a better understanding of what may happen in the near future.
Dee Kusuma
Well, buku ini kereen banget.. at least, pembahasan di dalamnya membuat semangat ku akan terwujudnya hari depan yang lebih baik, khususnya bagi Indonesia, menjadi tumbuh kembali.
Karena pada dasarnya kita bisa menjadi negara maju, Negara ini bisa mensejahterakan rakyatnya, jika "kita betul-betul berpikir & memutuskan sesuatu dengan benar" ...
Jul 12, 2007 Sikha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
Agak aneh awalnya hingga aku mengambil buku ini. Tapi waktu itu adalah saat-saat aku sedang gila menulis. Dan cara Kishore menulis sangat cocok kurasa dengan diriku. Buku ini sempat menginspirasiku untuk menulis essay dalam waktu cukup lama. Lagipun yang ditulis dalam buku ini benarlah adanya setidaknya sampai kurun waktu buku ini ditulis.
An interesting and encouraging expository about the rise of Asia--by learning from the lessons of Western development and going back to its Asian-ness. Mahbubani presents the idea that Asian development is unique and will not take off from the same path that the West took, and will carve their own kind of progress with an Asian brand.
A bracing work, Mahbubani has written the sort of book you would expect from someone brash enough to give it such a mischievous title. He's incisive enough to make it work.
The insights are worthwhile, but it's a bit repetitive, so I'd recommend reading the first half and then continuing to the second only if you have time.
Qaisar jamil
Mr kishore define the main problems that asian face today.he also identify the main three things that asian face 1 meritocrcy 2 peace 3 role of law
Ifrad Dahri
Buku politik yg telah ditahbiskan sbg buku politik ketiga terbaik di dunia versi beberapa media internasional
Very interesting, gives insight to how the rest of the world views us.
I'm an asian, an I can think!
If you want to learn about Asia there is no way around this book! A non-western view on the world that helps you realizing the world's diversity and complexity.
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