This book opens with an examination of values themselves, grappling with western assertions of individual human rights and the eastern emphasis on duties, and analysing selected Asian philosophical and religious traditions. Several case studies follow, on countries the Philippines, Japan, China, Malaysia and Thailand. The purpose of the book is to help westerners in particular to understand and appreciate better the changes taking place in Asia, to handle relations more sensitively, and thereby to help bring Europe and Asia together.
'"Asian Values" is an important contribution. The fact that the contributors to this book belong mostly to Asian countries can be seen as an implicit and explicit contribution to the debate on Asian values, because it is their own personal view shich is expressed on different levels.' - Angelika Messner, Internationales Asienforum