Asia: What is Important in Life (II)

Continued from part I:

4. Politics

Apparently, compared to family or friends, politics is not an important aspect of life among Asians. 38.7% of Vietnamese think politics is very important in their lives, but only 10.1% Singaporean and 10.4% Indonesian deem the same.

5. Work

Work, surprisingly, is significant in Asian’s life. Overall, more than 50% of people think work is “very important” in their lives (except Japan and China). The top in the rank goes to Philiphines, 93.4% of them think work is very important, followed by Bangladesh (91.8%) and Indonesia (89.2%). On the other end of spectrum, in rich countries like Japan, Singapore and Korea, relatively smaller percentage of people think work is very important in their lives.

6. Religion

Religion, especially Islam, is very important in countries like Indonesia (98.1%), Egypt (97.3%) and Saudi Arabia (89.0%). China, being a communist country, only 0.66% of her people think religion is very important. Japan, being an industrialised and modern country, has only 7.3% of people think religion is important.

7. Service to others

61.8% of Egyptian think that service to others is very important in life, while only 8.6% of Japanese feel the same. Again, a pattern of strong Confucius influence countries like Korea, China, Singapore and Vietnam are seeing less people think that service to others is very important, whereby the factor of material affluence (or income) is out of question (e.g. Vietnam vs Singapore, poor vs rich). A coincident or what?

Source: World Values Survey

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