Interesting column by Jeff Yang in the SF Chronicle about President Obama, America’s first “Pacific President” and our need to re-embrace our “Asian Values.” Not sure I agree with his conclusion — check that, I definitely don’t agree with his conclusion — but the piece is worth reading, none the less:
“We are not as powerful as we used to be because over the past three decades, the Asian values of our parents’ generation — work hard, study, save, invest, live within your means — have given way to subprime values: ‘You can have the American dream — a house — with no money down and no payments for two years.’”
The result of this abandonment of Asian values has been the running aground of our economy (with devastating ripple effects on the world); the tarnishing of our public image; the impairment of our ability to lead. “We are not who we think we are,” Friedman wrote. “We are living on borrowed time and borrowed dimes. We still have all the potential for greatness, but only if we get back to work on our country.”
We need to fix our listing ship, in a climate where the wind is blowing strongly toward the East. And if the solution is to reembrace our core “Asian values,” it stands to reason that a “Pacific president” is just who we need at the helm.
Read the rest on your own.
(HT to Oranckay)