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Title: "Asian-Values" Discourse and the Resurrection of the Social
Authors: Beng-Huat, C. 
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Beng-Huat, C. (1999). "Asian-Values" Discourse and the Resurrection of the Social. Positions 7 (2) : 573-592. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The relationship between modernization & the concept of Asian values is investigated. Six central values to Confucian ideology are identified: hard work, import of education, pragmatism, devotion to family, self-discipline, & collectivism. It is contended that Western scholarly analysis of Asian values, particularly similarities between Western & Confucian ideologies, has resulted in the perception of Asian capitalism as merely emulating & continuing Western bourgeois culture. Nevertheless, it is asserted that the value of collectivism is absent in Western culture & located at the center of Asian values. By emphasizing the discursive aspects of collectivism, the deletion of "Asian" from Asian values is attempted. Such a project is viewed as privileging social relations over the notion of individualism advocated by global capitalism. Two movements in contemporary Singapore - the socialization of land & the public financing of remedial education - are discussed to demonstrate the government's rejection of individualism. J. W. Parker.
Source Title: Positions
ISSN: 10679847
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