An insight into the Confucian values fundamental to Asian culture and life
By Georgina Lionatos
In a famous 1994 interview around Foreign Affairs, the late Lee Kwan Yew spoke of the advantage of leading a country based on “Asian Values”.
As Australia becomes increasingly intertwined with Asian culture due to mass migration arrivals, it is more important than ever to understand these values. Especially because, the same values underpin the life of a new Asian arrival into Australia or the life of an Asian individual or family that have been here for 20 years or more.
The Asian individual holds a very family-relationship-community-centric approach to life vs. the more self-centric mindset of Western culture. Lee said, “we use the family to push economic growth. We were fortunate we had this cultural backdrop: the belief in thrift, hard work, filial piety and loyalty and the extended family, and, most of all, the respect for scholarship and learning.”