The common narrative has it that there is something peculiar about Asian values – supposedly shared across countries as diverse as Japan, Vietnam, India or Jordan – that makes the continent unfit for Western-style limited governments and individual liberties. People point to China’s state capitalism and Korea’s authoritarian democracy as striking evidence for the necessity of an alternative “Asian way” towards prosperity; one that heavily relies on the individual’s subordination under the collective.
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Daniel Issing is the Charter Teams Manager of Students For Liberty, a subdivision of the organisation’s global programs that focusses on the Asia-Pacific region. He’s a theoretical physicist by training, an ardent trail runner, and a wanna-be guitar god who loves to travel the world.