The Future is Asian: Global Order in the 21st Century


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“In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was Americanized. Now, in the 21st century, the world is being irreversibly Asianized.” Far greater than just China, the new Asian system taking shape is a multi-civilizational order spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan, and Russia to Australia — linking five billion people through trade, finance and infrastructure networks that together represent 40 percent of global GDP. China has taken a lead in building the new Silk Roads across Asia, but it will not lead it alone. Rather, Asia is returning to the stable multipolar order that existed long before European colonialism and American dominance, with India and Southeast Asia coming into their own as economic and strategic hubs. From investment portfolios and trade wars to Hollywood movies and holiday travels, no aspect of life is immune from Asianization. The world has gotten used to hearing “America First”, but is it ready for “Asia First”? What happens when Asia no longer produces for the West, but the West produces for Asia? In dialogue with Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties, Parag Khanna, Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap, explains how Asia is reshaping the world order and influencing the cultural industry.

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveller and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Mr. Khanna is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). In 2008, he was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” Mr. Khanna holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd., both publicly listed in Hong Kong. The Group expanded into Mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is Co-Founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Mr. Chan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University. (Moderator)

Regular Menu
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Mozzarella, Tomato Jelly and Olive Crumb
Chicken Cordon Bleu with Cauliflower, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Tomato Chutney
Tiramisu with Marsala and Kahlua

Vegetarian Menu
Grilled Green Asparagus with Black Truffle Aioli and Chopped Egg
Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Baby Spinach and Walnut Pesto
Tiramisu with Marsala and Kahlua

Event Details

Mon 02 Sep 2019
12:15 - 2 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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