Perhaps this is the old theory of "convergence" seen in a new light. Zhang, the first Chinese professor to recieve the honor of an appointment at Japan's Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University. A lifelong student of the classics of Asian culture, yet a modern man with an avid eye for what is new and Western-inspired, he takes a serious look at the underpinnings of some very different societies to see whether they are not, in fact, largely built on the same pillars.
Wei-bin Zhang is a Chinese-born professor of economics at Japan's prestigious Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University. He was a visiting scholar at universities in Sweden and Australia for 12 years, and frequently visits the US, Singapore and other countries.
He is the author of ten published books on topics including economic growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent titles include Confucianism and Industrialization, and Singapore's Modernization - Westernization and Modernizing Confucian Manifestations (2002).
Given his education as a technical economist, his broad knowledge of classical Chinese thought, and his experience in the West, Zhang is deeply intrigued by the ways in which ancient Oriental thought appears to surface amidst the most Occidental of social phenomena.