Controlling Modern and traditional Values in Asian Relationships

balancing contemporary and traditional beliefs

The region has been the subject of a contentious discussion over” Asian values” as a result of Asian countries ‘ economic successes, which are frequently achieved using quite different methods than those of the West The alleged universality of Eastern economic models, social ideals, and cultural practices, as well as the function of cultural factors in East Asia’s introduction as an international power, have been the main topics of discussion in this debate.

An incensed dismissiveness by East Asians has always been a consistent reaction to these accusations. The characterizations of their societies that have emerged in the process are never flattering: they are said to be self- reliant, already apparently collectivist, centered on personal relationships and common obligation more than cold letter of the law – even though the latter is called upon to enforce those values, respectful of hierarchy and authority, and state interventionist, maybe into the private space of individuals.

This defensiveness is a natural reaction to the fact that the affected societies are experiencing an unprecedented level of change as a result of globalizing forces. The heart of this discussion is, however, the way in which these societies are attempting to create norms of governance and social organization that will be viewed as legitimate by their citizens.

This is being done at the local level, in public forums, in local government, and in their respective social and religious institutions. According to my informal poll of respondents in 1994 and 1996, the emphasis that the majority of Asians place on maintaining an organized society even at the expense of some individual freedoms is a good idea.