Last year, I joined an essay writing contest sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public policy of the National University of Singapore and Time’s Magazine. The theme of the essay contest was “Asia Challenge 2020.”
The objective of the contest is to find out the thoughts of Asians as to what is the most important challenge facing Asia over the next decade? Why? What should be done about it? I along with other Asian essayist submitted essays of 3,000 words or less in response to these questions.
My essay was entitled “Solving Asia’s Poverty Problem” where I made an argument that the greatest challenge that Asia will face in the next decade is poverty.
Unfortunately I did not win the contest. But I’m glad that they turned our entries into a book. I was just informed this week that the book is out, the title of the book is “Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation”
The book is described in the Amazon website as follows “What will Asia look like ten years from now? Find out by taking a look through the eyes of the next generation of business leaders. Following economic booms in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan—the four Asian Tigers—attention has shifted to success stories in other Asian economies. However, a number of challenges have also emerged that could threaten the region’s development over the next decade. Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs offers a unique glimpse into the younger generation’s view of Asia’s future. It draws on the perspective of hundreds of visionary young Asians, who have identified the key issues and who see innovative solutions for areas as diverse as society and demographics, energy and the environment, business and labor markets, education, and healthcare. This fascinating insight comes from a collection of think-pieces from a broad range of young Asians—the result of a competition organized by Time magazine, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and the Asia Business Council.”
I just obtained a copy of the book in kindle edition and have skimmed through it, I will read it later on. It is quite interesting how the authors masterfully managed to summarize our work and referred to and quoted from our essays from time to time.
All the proceeds for the book will go to charity. If you want to purchase the book and read the summary of all the essays, you can do so by clicking on my Amazon book below. Instead of buying Christmas Cards for your loved ones this December, why not buy them a copy of the book ? That way you get to support a charitable cause and read about what Asia’s next generation think about the challenges of the next decade. If you would like to read my essay which I have divided into four parts for posting in my blog read part 1 here: “Solving Poverty in Asia – Part 1”