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comparable configurations of political ideologies in the ‘West’ and ‘Asia’, a fact that is obscured by the proclaimed cultural dichotomy. (Rodan and Hewison, 1996: 30) Or the official cultural assertion of some East Asian administrations seems part of ‘beating the West at its own game [as] the preferred means of handling the feelings of self-hatred in the modernized non-West’ (Nandy, 1983: xiii). But it is also true, despite the conservatism of pronouncements by Asian political and business elites, that the charge of ‘cultural

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