Asia’s post–Cold War generation of young professionals have a decidedly optimistic outlook on the future – as revealed by the Asia’s Challenge 2020 essay competion organized by the Asia Business Council, Time magazine and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Mark L. Clifford, executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council, co-authored a book, “Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation,” which showcases the visionary thinking of young essayists from China, India and other Asian nations. Beneficiaries of their parents’ hard work and sacrifices, the so-called Tiger Cubs expect Asia’s prosperity to continue. The group generally has faith in government and technology and keen awareness of the competing priorities of Asia’s diverse ethnic groups. The group also values regional economic integration and mutual support among nations. Tiger Cubs” are comfortable with their identities and opportunities, and as one essayist, India’s Rohit Pathak, suggests, “There is no doubt that the coming decade will be Asia’s.” – YaleGlobal
What will Asia look like in 2020? If young Asians have their way, governments and companies will be more transparent and accountable; more children will go to school as part of a wide-ranging poverty-reduction effort; air and water will be cleaner; and the region will have started to knit itself together more cohesively, both economically and politically.
Attitudes of young people entail more than just youthful enthusiasms, but instead, herald higher expectations for political and economic institutions.