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Will pandemic end Asia's fascination with the West?

As Europe and the US have been devastated by Covid-19, Asia can hold its head up high

Richard Fang, Hong Kong

Richard Fang, Hong Kong

Updated: May 11, 2020 09:44 AM GMT
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Will pandemic end Asia's fascination with the West?

Catholic charities host a pop-up food distribution site for community members impacted by the coronavirus pandemic on May 8 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The US has suffered nearly 80,000 coronavirus deaths. (Photo: AFP)

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Asia’s fortune hunters, career-focused students and professionals are set to abandon their dreams of life in the developed cities of the Western world as Europe and the United States struggle to ward off the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

Many admit that Asia’s honeymoon with the West has come to an end as Asian nations are predicted to recover faster than elsewhere in the post-coronavirus world.

The worst-hit countries in Europe, such as the UK, Italy France and Spain, along with the US, have failed their people as death tolls from the coronavirus have surged to tens of thousands.

Their superior healthcare systems and social welfare built on high-tech technology have suffered an irreparable beating while humble Asia has withstood the crisis with its head held high.

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