I was reading wikipedia about Asia for fun, and there was a term that was new to me, Asian Century. Here's the link,
The Asian Century is a term used to describe the belief that, if certain demographic and economic trends persist, the 21st century will be dominated by Asian politics and culture, similarly to how the 20th century is sometimes called the American Century.
- ECONOMICS: Most of the speculation as to a future Asian century is based on population growth and economic growth forecasts, as well as the growth that has already occurred in much of Asia. While much emphasis is focused on the growing power of India and the People's Republic of China, the term Asian Century generally refers to all growth in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Russia may also be considered a rising economy in Asia, but it is usually not being referred to in the use of this term.
-CULTURE: Though the use of English continues to spread, Asian languages are also becoming more popular to teach and study outside of the continent. Chinese has recently gained greater attention in the USA because of a growing belief in its economic advantage . It is also being encouraged through PRC's support of Confucius Institutes, which have opened in numerous nations to teach the Chinese language and culture .
-POLITICS: The political future in Asia, whether more united or more polarized, is unclear. Yet most all forecasts predict the PRC and India to be amongst the major powers if not super powers in the 21st century.
What do you think?