Monthly Archives: March 2008

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Asian, inferior being to West

Category : Globalisation

hm.. i believe every Asian feel insulted by this title, me too,.. i m one of the Asians. This can be insult but, on second thought, are we really the inferior being to West. There can be 3 answers to the questions. YES, NO or MAY BE.

Let’s take a look at the answer YES first. I think one perspective will be hard enough to support this answer. “Colonization”. Like Singapore, with a few million of population (3 million) it is a source of great wonder that a small state like Portugal, also with a few million, could carve out territories like Goa, Macao and Malacca from larger and more ancient civilisations. It was an amazing feat. But the amaze is just the beginning and continue with the follow of colonisers like Spanish, the Dutch, the French then the British.

Almost 3 centuries or more, Asian societies lay under and allowed themselves to be colonised by far smaller societies. This is just physical. What more impact or still impact is the mental colonization. Many Asians believe (most of my ancestors) that they are inferior being to West and still that metal institution is rooted very strong and we are struggling to break it free.

Nevertheless, hope is arise, 500 years after the arrival of first Portuguese colonisers in Asian, only one.. Asian society has reached the level of development that have in Europe and North America . The Japanese mind is the first to be awakened in Asia.

Why? why? only one can reach within 500 years. It is not 50 years, 500 years. Why only one can catch up? I wonder…