Is Chinese Culture the Secret Ingredient for Economic Success?

RatliffChinese culture can contribute significantly to a country’s success, according to William Ratliff, research fellow and former curator of the Americas Collection at the Hoover Institution and research fellow at the Independent Institute.

Dr. Ratliff argues that culture in general and Chinese culture in particular matter a great deal to a nation’s economic and political development. He spoke with Friends and Foes of Liberty about the role of culture, the resounding success of the Asian Tigers–Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan–in the latter half of the 20th century, and the unfulfilled expectations of the Arab Spring.

Hosted by Ying Ma, Friends and Foes of Liberty is a show featuring in-depth discussions with scholars, business executives and policymakers about freedom, geopolitics, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

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  1. Ms. Ma, let me say first I am neither conservative or liberal but rather a centrist who looked at an issue in some depth before forming a view or opinion. That said, I am viewing your C-SPAN appearance and you made a statement about President Obama’s immigration enforcement. Sadly, you were incorrect. The facts as stated many times in various media is that the Obama administration has sent back more illegals than any other previous administration in our history.
    We are all entitled to our opinions but when making them especially in a public forum we should be sure they are based on fact and not feelings.

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