Is Culture Destiny in Asia? A Story of a Tiger and a Lion

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-415
Journal / PublicationAsian Journal of Communication
Issue number4
Online published24 Oct 2007
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


This comparative study explores cultural differences between two Asian societies, Singapore and South Korea, and argues that they have had an impact on the political uses of new communication technologies as well as on the patterns of their regulation and control. It is suggested that among other factors, the rise of Christianity and Protestantism in particular in Korea has contributed to a cultural shift towards more participatory and authority-challenging political culture. Evidence from the World Values Survey suggests that Singaporeans and South Koreans are indeed different when it comes to the traditional orientation towards authority and self-expression values. The study suggests that these cultural differences have led to two distinct trajectories of communication-technology-promoted political development.

Research Area(s)

  • Culture, Democracy, Asia, New Technologies, Internet