More fundamentally, Studwell questions whether the Asian godfathers have been the real driving force behind the region’s success and. Asian Godfathers. Joe Studwell. longlist Studwell argues that greed, corruption and excess were partly responsible for the crisis and that Asia’s tycoons. Joe Studwell is the founding editor of the China Economic Quarterly. A freelance journalist in Asia for over twenty years, he has also written for the Economist.

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His conclusion is very well-thought out and hints at the possibility of development and progress in godfathera r Even though the author’s tone is very subjective and negative, the ending was much lighter and positive.

The above then is the premise of Asian Godfathers. Where are you from? East Asian’s have first world standards of living.

A Surfing Life is for you. 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 their inherent abilities. The resulting savings from their populations were then channeled by governments into making the transition from agriculture to manufacturing through the development of world class competitive companies.

The Ocean of the Future or, in other editions, Pacific: East Asia Japan, Korea, Taiwan have developed domestic companies that invent technology and compete globally. Really important description of how crony capitalism wrecks economies and the hardworking laborers that live in them. And it’s that genius for making a deal that led the godfathers to understand that the really crucial deals had to be made with politicians who had the power to grant the lucrative concessions.

To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers visit http: There is also a repeated discussion about the economic purpose of Singapore and Hong Kong: So too is the rise of minority shareholder activism in Hong Kong, as represented by the likes of David Webb, a crusader trying curb the gross anti-minority shareholder antics of the cartel controlling Tycoons.


I wish more would read this book and realized how the public has been short changed by the government and these individuals. This could not have happened without the relatively business friendly, low tax, small government environment.

A Personal History of Burma by Thant Myint-U remains an important read a decade or so on for anyone keen on understanding the nuances and richness of Burmese history.

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Fewer books are written about South East Asian crony capitalism with such candor and lucidity as this one. I am not too sure as these individuals has dug deep in the roots of our life’s necessity.

Every armchair Asia specialist knows about the remarkably small group of tycoons who wield such enormous power in the region. Chudori Epic, compelling, important: Learn from the lessons of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand; see studdell truth of Hong Kong and Singapore; studwelo keep it from happening where you live. Aug 22, Reshad Sabed rated it it was amazing. Once this happens, the dynamic of competition will serve to reduce prices for the indigenous population, increase their standard of living and finally lead to the emergence of globally competitive companies for which the hard put-upon population deserve to work.

It must have cost Joe Studwell a good deal of aasian to integrate his knowledge of Asian business and politics and produce this exceptional book. What many of them don’t know, or choose to ignore, is the way this power is exercised, where it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be.


It’s an oligarchy squeezing everyone from common people to even minority shareholders. How to be a godfather 4 Banks piggy banks and the joy of capital markets. Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are home to five hundred million people, yet their economies are dominated by only fifty families whose interests range from banking to real estate, shipping to sugar, gambling to lumber.

Until I read ‘Asian Godfathers. When I was a teenager I voraciously read endless business and personal finance books from ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ Series and ‘Think and Grow Rich’, to the psychology of millionaires, to the big-ass reference ‘Business: That is, if it can keep the godfathers at bay.

Nov 02, W rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting information, convoluted writing style. Culturally, the godfathers are chameleons who tend to be well-educated, cosmopolitan, polylingual and thoroughly insulated from the humdrum cares of their supposed kinsmen.

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

Studwell also provides us with a rich and deep understanding of the broader historic, economic, and political influences that have shaped Southeast Asia over the past years. These city-states have gained the appearance of success via three avenues. Through the hidden lives of some mysterious and fascinating men, Studwell explores the broader economic and political issues facing a region of million todfathers It tells the story of English-educated Justin, or Little Frog, mysteriously left by his parents with his extended family in a sprawling compound in Bangkok.