So you are a young British bloke working for a multinational company and about to go to Asia for the first time? Then get this book, as it will give you all the facts and opinions you need to be one of the boys in just 188 pages (except for the subject "local women"). You can have it finished by the time your plane lands in Bombay or Singapore.
This does not mean that this is a bad book. In short chapters it pinpoints at some of the major challenges of the region (demographics, ecological problems), tells you about major issues in some countries, and highlights a few sectors (medical tourism, private banking).
It is just... so Anglo-centric (Indonesian law is Dutch-based and hence "obscure", Burmese law based upon on English common law, and thus an asset), anecdotal (it elaborates on eunuchs and backwarded medicine in China), focussed on multinational companies (no attention at all is paid to local small and medium-sized companies, the real carriers of improvement to ordinary people), tries to explain everything out of micro-economics (the low birth rate is fully caused by the rising standard of living; but this is not the case in the US or northern Europe, nor among middle and higher classes of non-Confucianistic peoples of East Asia), and its suggestions obscure (anyone seen more movies like Lost in Translation coming from Tokyo?)....Continua