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Visiting professor discusses role of Asia as a world

April 14, 1997


By Grace Jeon

Lariat Reporter

Distinguished professor of the School of Political Science and Economics from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Makiyo Hori, spoke Saturday about the concepts of the New Order in East Asia and the need for a more pluralistic cultural system.

He lectured during the annual Asian Cultural Leadership Conference, 'Culture, Conflict and the Changing Asian Face,' which was sponsored by the Vietnamese Student Association.

Hori said that Northeast and Southeast Asia are growing and becoming the 'Economic Powerhouse, which is the same stature as the European Union.'

Hori discussed Asia's obligation towards the balance of power in those countries where conflict is arising or has arisen.

'East Asia has the responsibility,' Hori said, 'to provide the balance between the conquering and the conquered.'

If Asians do not change, they will never be able to get out of the domination of Europeans, Hori said.

As future leaders, Hori told students to be conscious of history and its influences, because there once was a time when the law in Asia succeeded.

'Nationality needs to be realized,' Hori said. 'Although the New Order in East Asia is too abstract to grasp, it can be obtained through spiritual cooperation of the Asian people.'

He said it can start with Japan making donations to the international societies to better the world.

He asked the audience to reconsider themselves and participate as leaders in the 21st Century.

'We need to educate ourselves and others about the Asian culture,' said Tuan Nguyen, president of VSA and a Houston senior.

Hori is currently working with a new idea in cooperation with Korea on a project for the Sumitomo Corporation, which will focus on better understanding and analyzing a 'different nationalism.'

'Through this world, form a greater nation,' Hori said. 'Overcome the western ways and get rid of the different kind of nationalism.'

Students expressed the idea that cultures must try to coexist harmoniously.

'Keeping your culture is very important and we need to respect other people's ideas, unite and live peacefully,' said Brandon Sysavath, a Grand Prairie sophomore.

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