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Inventing Asian traditions : The controversy between Lee Kuan Yew and Kim Dae Jung

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  • Inventing Asian traditions
  • Riegel, Klausgeorg
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Inventing Asian traditions
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The controversy between Lee Kuan Yew and Kim Dae Jung

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Riegel, Klausgeorg

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2000-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 29(no. 1)
Subject Country Singapore(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Development
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

with political ambitions and politicians with intellectual visions of modernity are using the reflexive acquisition of the cultural traditions of the past for dominating the public interpretation of the symbolic universe of their societies. The historic past offers a rich storehouse of value orientations and symbolic representations which can be selected, interpreted and used for the revival, revision and invention of modernized traditions. The cultural traditions of the past cannot answer by themselves the questions posed in the context of modernization, with its attendant socio-cultural problems and crises. Cultural traditions must be invented in order to give viable solutions for yet unknown crises and break-downs in the process of modernization. In this sense, modernizing nations often deceive themselves about their cultural and historical pasts in order to open the door to a modern future. (The rest omitted)