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Travelogue full of desultory ideas
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2002
The main themes of this book are Asian economic crisis(1997-) and prospect for Asian countries' future. Though it is very helpful to understanding Asian economic crisis, the prospect for Asia's future borders on a fairy tale, which I don't believe.
And I found a few factual errors. In page 137, South Korea is describe as importing more than exporting. But in reality, South Korea is exporting more than she is importing. In page 155-156, Sheryl WuDunn said Russian(Ukraine) serfs had been freed by law in 1848. If my memory is correct, Russian emancipation was in 1842(voluntary) and 1861(mandatory). According to page 246, South Korean president Kim Dae Jung visited Japan in 1998 and announced that he was ending the ban on imports from Japan. This gives false impression that all Japanese products had been banned until 1998. The ban was only about Japanese cultural products like movies. I, as South Korean man, am now able to see Japanese movies since the ban was lifted.