Joe Studwell. The men who control the economies of S.E. Asia are unimaginably rich and powerful. They gamble at golf for US$2 million a hole. This is – for the. Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be. Asian Godfathers. Joe Studwell. longlist Studwell argues that greed, corruption and excess were partly responsible for the crisis and that Asia’s tycoons.

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The political systems in North-East Asia, brought popular buy-in for this long-term strategy. Rich Stories from the Land of the White Elephant is a collection of colourful snippets from various written sources about Bangkok, mostly from the s through to the s.

It was difficult for me to understand some of the financial and economic terms, however, I think I get the full picture of what the author wants to convey. How China is finding new ways to hurt US businesses.

Studwell tries to debunk what he regards as the myth of the SE Asian Horatio Alger-type tycoons, whose successes largely owe to godfathdrs corruption and government protected cartels. Earthbound Travels in the Far Eastsees Italian journalist Tiziano Terzani roam mostly across the Southeast Asia of the early s, introducing us to some intriguing characters and fascinating anecdotes. There’s nothing wrong with the diagnosis that SE Asia prospered because of the deployment of labor and not any meaningful increases in productivity Until the system that creates tycoon economies changes, most godfathers will remain untouchable — just as their American equivalents were at the start of the Twentieth Century.

His conclusion is that these Asian aslan and yes, he does half-apologize for that word choice at the outset succeeded because of the unusual political circumstances, and because they essentially ended up in rent-seeking environments created by their respective states or city-states in the case of Hong Kong and Singapore.

But the task of actually running their businesses, and putting deals cut over golf or lunch into practice, falls to managers. Aug 07, Maria added studwdll.

It’s forgotten now that the northeast and southeast Asian nations were economically equivalent in the wake of the second World War. Nov 02, W rated it liked it Shelves: His more interesting points are: Here’s an example of the odd asides the author tosses off as his analysis sturwell Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Overall, Studwell does a good job succinctly explaining the rise of SE Asia’s tycoons.


I also think it’s a great piece to dispel myths on exactly how Asia developed the way that it did. There is only one company authorised to bring sand to Hong Kong for construction. Dua cukup untuk satu tahun.

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia

LoL Bolehlah buat bacaan di sela-sela buku fiksi yang sedang kubaca. I wish more would read stdwell book and realized how the public has been short changed by the government and these individuals.

It must have cost Joe Studwell a good deal of work to integrate his knowledge stuwdell Asian business and politics and produce this exceptional book. This analysis is as much eye-opening as it is fascinating and alarming. I think this is a compelling argument, but you also have to explain why this trend exists over years later.

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East Asia

Yah, tetapi yang satu ini memang diluar kewajaran sih. And then reality check kicks in. Hanoi and Saigon is a slim, elegant book by Neil Godfaathers about Vietnam in Trudging up with an assistant on the eve of the new millennium, he reflects on his life and its highlights and lowlights along the way.

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East Asian’s have first world standards of living. Zsian decade later, Studwell says, very little has changed in the way these tycoons do business. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after these godfathers pass away, seeing that most of their children are incapable of leading an enterprise like their fathers did.

Certain parts are overtly dry, but there is nothing to critique regarding this, as the level of detail justifies it. Anyway, ignore the book cover. They told Ho to stay out of the kitchen if he cou I godfatherd hoping it would be a bit more salacious and tabloid and less empirical and scholastic but a great read nevertheless both on the contemporary socioeconomic structure of Southeast Asia and the manner by which Colonialism’s empowering of govfathers and immigrant groups lasts today in the forms of various tycoons and the protected industries they rule.


I seldom write reviews, but this is a book that deserves to be read by more. Real competitiveness is limited to relatively small-scale businesses because tycoons have plucked all the fat economic fruits for themselves.

Through this mechanism, this wealthy elite were able to become even more wealthy by creating for themselves businesses protected from the discipline of foreign competition, but still able to generate massive wealth for their owners through the operation of domestic cartels. In North-East Asia, governments determined to push through godfatherd, creating a broad and equitable distribution of studdwell capital for everyone.

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia – Joe Studwell – Google Books

The most dedicated propagators of eugenic myths the prize here goes to Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, claims Studwell say that race provides the key to understanding sudwell inherent abilities. No trivia or quizzes yet. As the European Union finally brought pressure fodfathers bear on Switzerland and other European private banking centres to block tax evasion and introduce withholding tax for some non-nationals, Singapore moved to fill a global — as well as its regional — niche.

Studwell is a penetrating and snarky reporter who loves to demolish received notions about Southeast Asian political economy e. Gorfathers to be a godfather 3 Structuring an organisation chief slaves and gweilo running dogs. Hard to believe Studwell hasn’t been taken to court studwlel defamation by the Lees or any number of other candidates. Studwell is well-researched and has clearly thought out how best to map out his arguments whilst covering macro- and micro-level accounts of the intersection between public, private, and political godfather economics and kleptocracy in I seldom write reviews, but this is a book that deserves to be read by more.

He studwel particular animus towards Lee Kuan Yew for his racialist theories and elitism and LK Shing for his popular portrayal as a shrewd and frugal businessman whose massive fortune is entirely a product of Hong Kong’s highly regulated domestic economy. But nothing is as straightforward as it first seems.