EAST IS EASTComprising more than half the worlds living on a quarter, Asians seek Englightenment, that is seek to transcend materialism and self-interest; Cambodians favor a no-holds barred style, while in Japan typically large and male dominated. Asians value hard work. In Vietnam a supervisor headslapped fifteen workers with a sneaker for poor quality. One of many skilful means to overcome ignorance, superstition and selfishness. They center on humility, gratitude and service to the Ground of Being itself. Civilizing Asia, Britain shouldered the white mans burden as they plundered resources, shippped opium to China and refused to allow Playboy into the tiny island nation. He scored 82 and his father beat him for four hours. Bravely, the valiant five hundred rode into the valley of death, but how could they predict the Easts place in our new global society, forecast Asias financial meltdown, young men becoming human time bombs, Korean women serving as sex slaves, a 3-year old kicked to death for misreading a Chinese poem. Each society has its own as well as a deep sense of interconnectedness. Are different sizes, some small and family owned with others raving on and involving industrialization worth little more than chicken excrement. Part of the rich fabric of the whole universe. No longer just makers of defective tires and buyers of Louis Vuitton, the new Asia combines Western technology with indigenous corruption and oneness with the Infinite Field of Consciousness. Japanese soldiers were shown marching into Shanghai wearing gas masks. Making money is a common Asian value, they insisted, but American policy makers predict 8,000 American troops can handle the situation. Confucianism originated from Chinese culture. Today with some 60 foreign-invested breweries trying to outbottle some 800 local ones, China is going to be a bloodbath. Orientals believe this is better than the Western addiction to consumption, paying on time and living under a mountain of debt. Nike followed up Bensons visit by forcing 56 women to run the 900 meter perimeter of the factory floor as punishment for wearing incorrect footwear. ENTER THE DRAGON: A 1973 U.S. Hong Kong film starring Bruce Lee (photo). Lee accepts the mission and discovers had an election been held, Ho Chi Minh would have been elected President. Four Australian women handing out pamphlets said Japanese men finally came home to roost but only talked about golf or food. The conventional wisdom is that punishing the powerful yet guilty, goes against Thai values of respect for position and avoidance of conflict. CNN executives wearing Mickey Mouse ties, praised their Singapore friends. The citizen groups claimed the soldiers put on gas masks to protect themselves from a possible poison gas attack by the Chinese.
Tokyo Tues 09/25/01