By Kwong-Leung Tang (auth.), Kwong-Leung Tang (eds.)

Most Asian international locations have proven a powerful dedication to speedy fiscal improvement. Economists have argued that the end result from financial improvement might be unfold equitably during the inhabitants. within the absence of a powerful culture of social rights, social improvement in Asia has lengthy been taken with no consideration. This assortment records social improvement within the Asian international locations of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and India and concludes that social improvement has lagged in the back of fiscal improvement. This has given upward push to `distorted improvement' in lots of nations. severe improvement difficulties of poverty and inequalities have lingered even in those economically complex international locations of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. those difficulties were exacerbated within the wake of the Asian monetary situation. in an effort to harmonize social improvement with monetary development, Asian states should be extra proactive of their improvement agendas.
As a textual content on social improvement in Asia, this ebook is essentially meant for practitioners and scholars of social paintings, social management, and social coverage. it's also proper for college kids and practitioners of sociology, economics, and public policy.

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How should the government respond to this dilemma? THE UNIQUENESS OF THE HONG KONG SOCIAL POLICY MODEL 'Hong Kong is not a welfare state and it would not be in the interest of the society to become one'. Time and again govemment officials have reiterated this clear policy statement. What the government is referring to is, of course, the welfare state in a western context, particularly those welfare regimes prevalent in Europe, Canada and Australia, where the state takes over major collective responsibilities for the provision of social services, relying on revenues from a relatively high income tax.

It is a widely acknowledged fact that the standard of language and communication skills has fallen, largely as a result of declining standards in primary and secondary schools. Language skills enhancement is now a priority amongst schools and universities. School teachers are given salary incentives if they can achieve better language standards (6). From Table 2, it can be seen that the education picture in Hong Kong in 1996 comprises 81 % of the popUlation having at least primary or secondary level education, while only 16% managed to get beyond the secondary ladder.

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