Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia's Next Generation

Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia's Next Generation

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1118094638

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia's Next Generation

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1118094638

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


What will Asia look like ten years from now? Find out by taking a look through the eyes of the Asia's next generation of leaders

Following economic booms in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan—the four Asian Tigers—attention has shifted to success stories in other Asian economies. However, a number of challenges have also emerged that could threaten the region's development over the next decade.

Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs offers a unique glimpse into the younger generation's view of Asia's future. It draws on the perspective of more than 80 visionary young Asians, who have identified the key issues and who see innovative solutions for areas as diverse as education and labor markets, demographics and healthcare, energy and the environment, and governance and geopolitics.

The book's insights are based on a collection of think-pieces from a broad range of young Asians—the result of a competition organized by the Asia Business Council, Time magazine, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, as well as additional research by the Council. The book is unique in that it:

  • Provides a viewpoint in contrast to the usual perspective of businesses, governments, economists, and journalists
  • Brings together the responses of almost a hundred young Asian thinkers to the questions "What is the biggest challenge facing Asia over the next ten years?" "Why?" and "What should be done about it?"
  • Offers policy makers, business leaders, and others who are concerned about the future of Asia a unique glimpse into the younger generation's vision

The next generation has a high stake in ensuring Asia's long-term growth. Gain a unique perspective on how the leaders of tomorrow see the future.

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to the secondary level. Social awareness must be raised about the necessity of education. Education should be accessible to all. A big setback could be regional disparity. Taking into consideration the rural sector of Nepal, the schools here lack the proper infrastructure, libraries, and even trained teachers. Education Quality Beyond the problem of education access, young Asians are also concerned about the quality of their countries’ educational curricula. Sen, of India, writes about

this imbalance and shift governmental resources to a wider range of developing areas, thereby allowing towns to function independently of the resources provided by a city. Kumar writes: When I talk about a uniform urban community development, I am not simply referring to the complete urbanization of the society itself. The emphasis is rather on creating multiple independent city-units. These city-units will be independent in terms of providing all required resources, such as jobs, food, and

actually be managed safely through tele-consultation. Who should man these centers? Ideally we can get the recently retired doctors from the national health services. At 65, they still have 10 years of productivity that can be well-utilized. A well-functioning tele-medicine hub at a regional and national level can significantly reduce the workload on local outpatients and governmental hospitals. To relieve the strain of rising healthcare demands on government budgets, Asian countries could look to

effects such as low research and development (R&D), and in some instances low foreign direct investment (FDI). But in order to yield these benefits, a number of big challenges, both in the education system and the job market that graduates eventually enter, need to be overcome. The World Bank is not confident that South Asia’s policy makers fully understand the role of education in economic growth: What is not yet clear, however, is whether governments are as yet fully aware of the crucial

and contribute proactively and constructively to the world. Decoupling would also allow Asian countries to have a more equal and productive relationship with their Western counterparts. However, the process of decoupling is fraught with several barriers. A Delicate Balance Decoupling is generally perceived negatively and it is indeed a delicate balance. The key is not to disengage, but to reduce reliance, diversify, and find Asia’s niche and optimality. It is important not to alienate the West in

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