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East Asian Quotes


"The direct investment of Japanese businesses to East Asian economies accelerates the reallocation of their production bases. Consequently, between Japan and the other East Asian countries, both exports and imports are growing substantially." - Toshihiko Fukui

"Building on our Young South-east Asian Leaders Initiative, I'm hopeful that we can continue expand the ties and cooperation between our young people and students." - Barack Obama

"It's really hard because obviously people label you as a British East Asian actor. And I'm just from Salford; it's where I was born." - Benedict Wong

"Three women were brought to the Singapore General Hospital, each in the same condition and needing a blood transfusion. The first, a Southeast Asian was given the transfusion but died a few hours later. The second, a South Asian was also given a transfusion but died a few days later. The third, an East Asian, was given a transfusion and survived. That is the X factor in development." - Lee Kuan Yew

"Singapore was the very first South-east Asian nation to join the global coalition against ISIL (ISIS) coalition, and we'll work to sustain our momentum in destroying that terrorist organisation." - Barack Obama

"Kusewera, an organization that fosters orphanages in Africa and the Philippines and encourages through creative play and education. Anything and everything that supports cancer research. East West Players, the oldest and biggest Asian American theater in the U.S." - Reggie Lee

"China's productive system draws upon the other East Asian countries to a great extent. The volume of trade is much larger than the net amount being exported from China. China needs substantial reserves to finance all that." - Milton Friedman

"In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if we did it without European and East Asian support, we were risking losing our alliance in Europe in exchange for Iraq, and that is a very undesirable exchange." - William Odom

"In this context, the current recovery in the Japanese economy is taking place in tandem with the growing interdependence with the rest of the world, particularly with the other East Asian economies." - Toshihiko Fukui

"Because the Asian market is so omnivorous, it affects all the shark populations up and down the Central and South American coast, and to a certain extent the East Coast of the United States as well." - Peter Benchley

"People like to say that East Asians in general, and Japanese in particular, are not very expressive: there's that term 'inscrutable.' But often, Europeans just don't get the Asian codes. Believe me, the message is being expressed OK." - David Mitchell

"I think it is not necessary at this time to put forth a grand vision such as an East Asian Community. What we must do before that is create scenarios for Japan's response in case of a serious territorial incident." - Yoshihiko Noda

"It's not racist if I like the race. But I don't like Asian people." - Thom Yorke

"That Asian guy is really good at kicking. Shocking. Someone is pressing 'A' really fast somewhere." - Daniel Tosh

"You don't get respect for being an Asian-American basketball player in the U.S." - Jeremy Lin

"The major economies are not American anymore. They are Asian and South American." - David Douglas Duncan

"I don't want to have people brought in simply because they are black or Asian." - Trevor Phillips

"Several experts on the Middle East concur that the Middle East cannot be democratized" - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

"People expect me to be that guy. But I'm more east London boy than east Baltimore." - Idris Elba

"East of the sun and west of the moon." - Edith Pattou

"In Christ there is no East nor West." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If the East loves infinity, the West delights in boundaries." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It was the East that should have sent us missionaries." - Jean Cocteau

"It's east to start a war in any country" - Hermann Goring

"Al-Jazeera should not go unanswered in the Middle East." - Kenneth Tomlinson

"From north to south, from east to west." - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

"could have terrifically good effects troughout the Middle East" - Bill Kristol

"Juliet is the east and i am the sun." - William Shakespeare

"I have come East to find what the public likes." - Sessue Hayakawa

"If you believe in God, believe in Death Row East." - Tupac Shakur

"In the East, the guru never calls himself a guru." - Marianne Williamson

"I don't think the Middle East could afford another war." - Abdallah II

"Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East." - Jack Schwartz

"I've spent quite a bit of time in East Africa." - Greg Wise

"I absolutely hate Take That, East 17, the Spice Girls." - Siobhan Fahey

"I wish people wouldn't just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add raceto it, and it became, 'Well, she's too Asian', or, 'She's too American'. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It's a very strange place to be. You're not Asian enough and then you're not American enough, so it gets really frustrating." - Lucy Liu

"I love the Asian countries." - William

"My favourite types of cuisine are Asian and Caribbean, and I love cooking new recipes for my family." - Jourdan Dunn

"It is inevitable that, in the process of teaching an Asian religion in a Western country, many of the teachings will seem strange or unusual - in the same way that Christianity and Judaism may seem strange and unusual to people from the Far East." - Frederick Lenz

"Me being from a Celtic culture that tends to emphasize directness, conflict, openness has a big effect on my living in Japan, which tends to focus on indirectness, avoidance of conflict and keeping things close to your chest. So that has led to quite a lot of cultural misunderstandings in dealing with this East Asian culture I live in." - Sean Michael Wilson

"Australia - not western in geography, of course, but in every other respect for sure (it certainly doesn't want to be regarded as Asian, God forbid) - loves nothing more than to throw its weight around in South-East Asia by playing peacekeeper, carrying out its role as the United States' regional policeman." - Martin Jacques

"First, you have stereotypes, and that will be the black drug dealer, the east Asian kung fu master, the Middle Eastern terrorist in 'True Lies.' Then you have stuff that takes place on culturally specific terrain, that engages with it, but actually subverts assumptions. 'Smashes' stereotypes. That's where I've come into the game." - Riz Ahmed

"Since I was a baby my goal was to be on TV because film was just impossible - you never got any Asian women in Western cinema. I grew up wanting to be in 'East-Enders' because film wasn't even a dream. The community were very much like, 'How can you want to act? It's such a low-class profession.'" - Archie Panjabi

"Since I was a baby my goal was to be on TV because film was just impossible - you never got any Asian women in Western cinema. I grew up wanting to be in 'East-Enders' because film wasn't even a dream. The community were very much like, 'How can you want to act? It's such a low-class profession." - Archie Panjabi

"The Indian economy grew at 5.5 percent, but if you look at the last 30 years - for example, 1960 to 1985 - the progress made by East Asian countries was phenomenal. In a single generation they had been able to transform the character of their economy. They were able to get rid of chronic poverty." - Manmohan Singh

"Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east..." - Aldous Huxley

"The West is concentration of the mind: the East is meditation of the mind. The West is thinking: the East is non-thinking. The West is mind: the East is no-mind." - Rajneesh

"Americans are fickle. And what constitutes the enemy is always changing. Believe it or not, at one time Blacks were the favored model minority over Asian Americans." - Ishmael Reed

"One of the ways [racism] pops up is when they turn a comic into a live-action movie and there's this temptation to make Asian characters white." - Gene Luen Yang

"There are no Asian movie stars" - Aaron Sorkin

"I majored in Chinese. I was never really good at Chinese but I really, really benefited from having been exposed to Asian philosophy early in my life." - Martha Beck

"They probably do have an Asian Barbie." - Iris Chang

"Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents." - Alan Dundes

"In the long term, there are many factors that will help the luxury market, the creation of new wealth and the Asian tourist boom" - Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

"We need to strengthen Asian diplomacy." - Ichiro Ozawa

"The majority of my blood is Asian." - Tiger Woods

"No place is perfect, but I admire Oahu for its offering of the tropical and the urban, and then its Asian-inflected culture and cuisines." - Changrae Lee

"The West can teach the East how to get a living, but the East must eventually be asked to show the West how to live." - Tehyi Hsieh

"When I told my wife UConn would win the Big East tournament, she wanted to know why a team from Alaska got into the Big East tournament." - Vic Ziegel

"The East is going to be pretty easy for me. The Great Chest of the West becomes the Great Beast of the East." - Shaquille O'Neal

"I don't ever want to be hugely famous because I had a little taste of it after 'East Is East' and 'Bend It.'" - Archie Panjabi

"In the East, all the religions preach egolessness. So in the East, everybody is against the ego from the very beginning." - Rajneesh

"The wind's in the east. . . . I am always conscious of an uncomfortable sensation now and then when the wind is blowing in the east." - Charles Dickens

"There's the complex categorization of low warmth/high competence. This is the hostile stereotype of Asian Americans by white America, of Jews in Europe, of Indo-Pakistanis in East Africa, of Lebanese in West Africa, of ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, and of the rich by the poor most everywhere. It's the same low-high derogation: They're cold, greedy, clannish - -but, dang, they're sure good at making money and you should go to one who is a doctor if you're seriously sick." - Robert M. Sapolsky

"I think East Asian countries, I think they're very fortunate to have Buddhism survive as a strong influence because right from the time when Buddha himself, 2,500 years ago, made the point about the importance of education, and the word "Buddha" also means enlighten[ed] or educated. So all the Buddhist countries, not only Japan and Korea and China and Hong Kong and Thailand but also even Burma and Sri Lanka, had a higher level of education." - Amartya Sen

"Not possessing definite geographical boundaries, at least in the East - its distinction from Asia is problematic, considering that two large countries, Russia and Turkey, stretch between the two continents - , Europe, from the beginning, has defined itself from the perspective of the constitutive specificity of its philosophical principles: the freedom of the Greek cities as opposed to the Asian despotic regimes. Although these principles were often contradicted and reversed into their opposite, the idea of Europe is inseparable from them." - Roberto Esposito

"Both in the US and throughout the world, there needs to be a growing presence of public development banks. These banks would make loans based on social welfare criteria - including advancing a full-employment, climate-stabilization agenda - as opposed to scouring the globe for the largest profit opportunities regardless of social costs.... Public development banks have always played a central role in supporting the successful economic development paths in the East Asian economies." - Robert Pollin

"Asia is the continent rhythm forgot. At best Asian music is off-brand American pop, like Sonny Bono in a karaoke bar. At worst Asian music sounds as if a truck full of wind chimes collided with a stack of empty oil drums during a birdcall contest." - P. J. O'Rourke

"I only dated one Asian girl, but she was very Asian. She was a panda." - Jim Gaffigan

"Asian American men, Asian men have been basically eunuchs in American cinema and television." - John Cho

"I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences." - Jackie Chan

"Human development, not secularization, is what's key to women's empowerment in the transforming Middle East." - Dalia Mogahed

"Set out on pilgrimage and triumph gloriously over the infidels in the East." - Orderic Vitalis

"Istanbul ... the constant beating of the wave of the East against the rock of the West ..." - Susan Moody

"The problem is that the East is producing missiles and the West is producing pacifists." - Francois Mitterrand

"Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West-and then seek." - G. I. Gurdjieff

"It is against the will of God that the East should be Christianized." - Herman Melville

"University politics make me long for the simplicity of the Middle East." - Henry A Kissinger

"Democracy or breakdown in Syria would change the whole Middle East overnight." - Paul Krugman

"No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East..." - Barack Obama

"God is not Love in the East. He is Power, although Mercy may temper it." - E M Forster

"Be not too strict - too far east is west. You may lose all by demanding all." - Amelia Barr

"What Great Britain calls the Far East is to us the near north." - Robert Menzies

"There is oil in the Middle East there is rare earth in China." - Deng Xiaoping

"Marriage is like the Middle East, isn't it? There's no solution." - Willy Russell

"From the east comes the sun, bringing a new and unspoiled day." - Clinton Lee Scott

"Oh, the little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Not only does he have the NFC East record for touchdowns, but also the team record." - Emmitt Smith

"In the East, they contemplate the forest; in the West, they count the trees." - Wayne Dyer

"Dont test me, Second guess me, Protest me, You will DISAPEAR! (East Jesus of Nowhere)" - Billie Joe Armstrong

"The Americans view the democratization of the Middle East as the route to peace." - Gilles Kepel

"We thank you [the soldiers recently returned from the middle east] for your service." - Garrison Keillor

"But yonder comes the power King of Day, Rejoicing in the East." - James Thomson

"Day is a snow-white Dove of heaven That from the East glad message brings." - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"And, lo! in the dark east, expanded high, The rainbow brightens to the setting Sun." - James Beattie

"Before I became the 'Great Test of the West," I was the 'Beast of the East.'" - Shaquille O'Neal

"I would rather die going to the west than live by staying in the east." - Xuanzang

"If the East Timorians decide to revolt, Im sure Ill have a statement." - George W Bush

"Homicide central, East New York, Where the manic-depressive psycho murderers stalk" - Jeru the Damaja

"Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East." - Bashar al-Assad

"The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics" - Boutros Boutros-Ghali

"Our future lies to the east and south, in Asia and Africa." - Benito Mussolini

"The world is a sphere, there is no East or West." - Ai Weiwei

"If it's easter than east and wester than west, it must be north." - Jessica Day George

"Here's the Middle East. Here's the mosque, here's the church, open the temple, everybody's MAD!" - Maria Bamford

"The Middle East is totally destabilized. A total and complete mess." - Donald Trump

"I believe the democratic transformation in Iraq will lead to change in Middle East." - Jalal Talabani

"West is too materialist; East is too spiritual; North is too cold; South is too loose!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I can be one of the dominant players, maybe the dominant player, in the East." - Antonio McDyess

"The bitter east, the misty summer And gray metropolis of the North." - Alfred Tennyson

"Better, the perfect, easy discipline of the swallows dip and swoop, without east or west." - Gary Snyder

"But yonder comes the powerful king of day, Rejoicing in the east." - James Thomson

"Sublime tobacco! which from east to west Cheers the tar's labor or the Turkman's rest." - Lord Byron

"Now we were standing close to the summit's rim, gazing out into the endless East." - Friedrich Holderlin

"One flew east, One flew west, One flew over the cuckoo's nest." - Ken Kesey

"It's east to see without lookin' too far that not much is really sacred." - Bob Dylan

"Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger, comes dancing from the east." - John Milton

"The light comes brighter from the east; the cawOf restive crows is sharper on the ear." - Theodore Roethke

"I've found there to be a tremendous amount of East Coast snobbery in the journalism world." - Diane Lane

"There is sort of a small town mentality on the east coast of Canada." - Martha Macisaac

"Attitude is attitude, whether you're a West Coast gangster or East Coast gangster, you know?" - Paul Walker

"Well, a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East would be a wonderful thing." - Stephen M Walt

"Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East." - Bashar Alassad

"The regional security in the Middle East cannot be further compromised by an Iranian loose cannon." - Russ Carnahan

"Remember, you can always find East by staring directly at the sun." - Nancy Cartwright

"I'm so much more of an East Coast girl than a West Coast girl." - Lexa Doig

"I went to college in Vermont, and then stayed in the East Coast." - Bret Easton Ellis

"I wouldn't believe him if he said the sun came up in the east." - Thomas Griffith

"I am neither of the East nor of the West, no boundaries exist within my breast." - Rumi

"To achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East takes guts, not guns." - Queen Rania Of Jordan

"We have lost a lot of ground to the extremists in the Middle East." - Najib Razak

"I don't feel I've had a decent critic ever on the East coast." - Alice Walker

"You still can't find Israel on a map of the Middle East in a Palestinian schoolbook." - Suzanne Fields

"I have an affinity for Africa, especially East Africa, and Kansas looks very much like that." - Bill Kurtis

"You don't know whether he's thought through how this is going to affect the Middle East." - Chris Matthews

"Three quarters of the East Coast's refinery capability is located in the Philadelphia region." - Robert Brady

"Brunei Darussalam is one of the oldest kingdoms in South East Asia." - Hassanal Bolkiah

"I've benefited from the best of both societies and both cultures, East and West." - Abdallah II

"A clean house will result in peace in the Middle East as well." - Melina Marchetta

"I do not want to see perpetual warfare in the Middle East." - Bernie Sanders

"The East is very mysterious to Westerners. Even post-Cold War, it's still an unknown entity." - Dylan Moran

"In the Middle East, the conflict today is a matter of generations and not of cultures." - Shimon Peres

"The problem of the Middle East is poverty more than politics." - Shimon Peres

"I grew up in the Lower East Side of New York." - Liev Schreiber

"I grew up in the Lower East Side, an Italian American - more Sicilian, actually." - Martin Scorsese

"I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional." - Katarina Witt

"Every few months, I find myself in Europe or the Middle East." - Reem Acra

"I'm not a philosopher, I'm just a simple boy from East Ham." - David Bailey

"The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation." - Benjamin Disraeli

"You will not really have durable peace without a proper security structure in the Middle East." - Mohamed Elbaradei



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