Another Way to Skin a Cat: The Spirit of Capitalism and the Confucian Ethic

I have examined the non-economic factors that have contributed to the Little Dragons' remarkable achievements. I have focused mainly on businessmen, government officials, and factory workers who were active players during the decisive years from t

Issue: Winter 1995-1996

One morning when I was last in Hong Kong I asked my friend Miss Lim, who always cleans my room at the University's guest house, what she did with the money she earned as a Hong Kong chambermaid. "Have you ever been to Petra?" she replied. Having arrived in the colony penniless twenty-three years ago, she had just returned from a tour of the Nabatean, Roman, and Greek ruins of the eastern Mediterranean.

In 1960 Hong Kong was just above Malta in per capita GNP; today it has overtaken Israel, and is soon expected to surpass the United Kingdom. At the close of the Korean War, 75 percent of Korea's adults were illiterate; now a teenager there has a greater chance of going to university than his counterpart in Japan.

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