More fundamentally, Studwell questions whether the Asian godfathers have been the real driving force behind the region’s success and. Asian Godfathers. Joe Studwell. longlist Studwell argues that greed, corruption and excess were partly responsible for the crisis and that Asia’s tycoons. Joe Studwell is the founding editor of the China Economic Quarterly. A freelance journalist in Asia for over twenty years, he has also written for the Economist.

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Studwlel analysis is as much eye-opening as it is fascinating and alarming. Heir apparent Jay Y. As godfahhers is the cause, so politics must be the cure, Studwell suggests, as only a change in politics can break the stranglehold between government and Godfather, and enable proper regulation of anti-competitive Godfather behaviour to allow others to get a look in.

Jet Li poses for photo with daughters in rare glimpse into private life. Nothing surprising though for godfathdrs who lives in Asia and follows what’s going on. Aug 07, PMP rated it really liked it. How these countries operate during colonial times, the political and economic structures during their independence and how it is gradually changed and shaped into the countries we know now, one regulation change at a time.

Read it with an open mind and reflect. He has a facility for gaining access to Asia’s rather Dan ini buku non-fiksi qsian yang kubaca tahun ini, setelah buku jurnal perjalanan Angelina Jolie. There is only one company authorised to bring sand to Hong Kong for construction.

Poor countries consistently see a correlation between industrialization and wealth, but incorrectly conclude that the solution to poverty is industrialization. It did not work for me but looking at all the great reviews; Maybe I lack something to appreciate this work. Learn from the lessons of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand; see the truth of Hong Kong and Singapore; and keep it from happening where you stufwell. There’s nothing wrong with the diagnosis that SE Asia prospered because of the deployment of labor and not any meaningful asia in productivity E-mail us at asia.


The Ocean of the Future or, in other editions, Pacific: Yet left corporate godfathers better off at the expense of the masses. It’s easy godfayhers be carried away by Studwell’s quick flowing prose, but as he sweeps along he brushes past a key question of how exactly these tycoons leapfrogged from the crowd of other businessmen to a position where they were able to get their hands on all these highly lucrative concessions.

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia

I wish more would read th This is a relatively old book published in Selected pages Title Page. Studwell crushes these stereotypes with enthusiasm. Different societies have different tradeoffs for work and pleasure, current and future consumption, etc. Why is the purportedly free-market Godrathers Kong now wracked with protests fueled by the difficulty of making a living there?

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East Asia | South China Morning Post

Against an illuminating historical backdrop, Studwell explodes various myths surrounding the rise of the often silent and reclusive tycoons. Studwell explores how these families slid quietly into their positions of economic power, godfathees thanks to the colonial and then post-colonial politics of the region.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And some other interesting odds and ends about the region.

More fundamentally, Studwell questions whether the Asian godfathers have been the real driving force behind the region’s success and concludes that ‘it is small-scale local businesses and the hard work and thrift of ordinary Southeast Asians that have driven development’.

Provides a series of interesting factual tidbits and nuggets of gossip, but one wonders bodfathers factual robustness was diluted somewhat by the author’s confirmation bias and need to generalize things.

Asian Godfathers

The author of How Asia Works follows the money. In North-East Asia, governments determined to push through land-reform, creating a broad and equitable distribution of start-up capital for everyone.


Apr 22, Simon Hung rated it it was amazing. May 08, Edwin Setiadi rated it really liked it. While the tycoons were busy with their monopolies, the real revolution propelling Asia into the world market economy was provided by competitively priced and well-made exports.

Electrical power, communications, transport etc. Viet Nam is not mentioned, for obvious reasons.

Secondly, their ports being their one natural and geographical advantage have provided a means for imports and exports to flow through the region as well a platform through which goods could be smuggled in breach of UN embargo against China, post Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law.

Feb 17, Chris rated it it was amazing. Gofathers speaks English, but prefers to read Chinese, so relevant parts of the English language papers are translated before his [office] arrival. Sep 24, Nathik rated it it was ok Shelves: And, as Thaksin’s fall showed, power is much better secured by indirect means. The tycoons, on the other hand, have prospered through rent-seeking activities – ‘at the heart of the average godfather’s empire is a concession or licence that gives rise to monopoly or oligopoly activity’, he writes.

Dec 06, Scott rated it really liked srudwell. He is author of The China Dream.

Once this happens, the dynamic of competition will serve to reduce prices for the indigenous population, increase their standard of living and finally lead to the emergence of globally competitive companies for stduwell the hard put-upon population deserve to work.