The “East Asian Miracle” Economies, Inequalities and Schooling
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The post-war era has witnessed the phenomena of Asian boom economies and the growth of what has been termed “Asian Tiger” economies. This chapter looks critically at the consequence of the Asian economic miracle and inequalities that have typified many of the countries in the region. The chapter identifies inequalities in access to education and schooling that have been influenced by geography (with advantages to those in proximity to cities), the ability to speak the language of instruction and ethnicity. The chapter utilises data from the Human Development Index and a number of United Nations international research surveys of young people to explore their lives and opportunities. The chapter concludes with a critique of the impact of education, economic inequality and urban environments on the lives and wellbeing of many children and young people in East Asia.
KeywordsYoung People Human Development Index Global Financial Crisis Gross National Income Global City
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