Somebody Else’s Century
Why does the Western world still not understand certain key aspects of Asia?
September 18, 2010
What is odd about the West's perception of Asia?
“We in the West have an odd way of looking eastward. It is odd because it is at the very latest a late-19th century way of seeing."
"The Asia in our minds resembles a disassembled machine — nuts and bolts. It is long on data (the lowest form of knowledge) and short, very short, on understanding (the highest, the best we can ever do).”
What concept illustrates the danger of this kind of thinking?
“The intellectual folly this kind of thinking produces is called
Author, Columnist and Asia Editor, The Globalist Patrick Smith has been a correspondent, editor, critic, and essayist for more than three decades, chiefly in Asia. He has also lectured widely on journalism and foreign affairs. He served as the Hong Kong correspondent of the International Herald Tribune and later its Tokyo bureau chief. In 1985, […]