虎仔的明天 / Tomorrow for Tiger Cubs
有鉴于此，我们可以从（John Wiley & Sons出版公司）新近出版的《虎仔看世界：亚洲新一代有话说》（Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs – Views of Asia’s Next Generation）一书中获得某些启迪。
该书取材于近400位亚洲年轻作者参加“2020亚洲的挑战”（Asia’s Challenge 2020）之征文比赛作品，以此向世人展示他们思索的结果，探讨未来十年亚洲将面临的最大挑战。
该项目由《时代》杂志（TIME Magazine）、新加坡国立大学李光耀公共政策学院（the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore）以及亚洲商会（the Asia Business Council）联合举办。他们分别利用各自的资源，对该书的组织、编辑和出版作了重要贡献。
Tomorrow for Tiger Cubs
One common tradition of how people celebrate the new year, whether in the east or in the west, is to reflect on the lessons of the past, with an eye towards improving things in the future.
Given the rapid pace of change in life and work nowadays, and the pressing issues at stake for our planet, it's more important than ever that we embrace this tradition.
In that context, we can gain some interesting insights from a new book "Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs -- Views of Asia's Next Generation" (John Wiley & Sons).
The Tiger Cub generation, or Asia's Generation Y, represents a population of almost 1.5 billion young people.
This book draws upon the writing of nearly 400 young Asian essayists who entered a competition called Asia's Challenge 2020, to share their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing the Asian region over the next decade.
The book publishes excerpts from the writing of about 100 essayists, from all corners of Asia. The invitation was extended to people under the age of 32 years, from Japan in the East to Saudia Arabia and Turkey in the West, to submit 3,000 English words or less on Asia's biggest challenge and what can be done about it.
The project was made possible through cooperation between TIME Magazine, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and the Asia Business Council. Each contributed resources essential to the organization, editing, and publication of the book.
Essays were submitted by young people from 21 countries. India had the most submissions, followed by the Philippines. The average age of the essayists was 23 years old.
The parents of many of these essayists, and today's younger Asians generally, knew hunger, civil strife, and revolution, on a first-hand basis. Their children -- including the writers of these essays -- are mostly better-fed, better-educated, and enjoy access to global information sources in ways which would have been unimaginable even a generation ago.
So what are the top categories of concern which these young tigers are focused on? Perhaps not surprisingly, their concerns fall broadly into two groups: Asia's people, and Asia as a region.
The book's editors and contributing essayists review the issues relating to Asia's people, with insight and valuable perspective, including education, income inequality, and demographics. Likewise in the Asian regional context, the writers highlight the environment, governance, geopolitics, and issues relating to Asian identity.
It is reassuring to see how bright and well-informed Asia's tiger cubs are.
At the same time, as a member of their parents' generation, we have left them a world -- and a region -- facing many serious challenges. We owe them our full support in pursuing their ideals and ambitions.
The significance and value of this book goes well beyond the insight and ideas of the emerging young thinkers it showcases. We can safely assume that their success in this essay contest will be an important milestone and mark of encouragement in the early stages of their careers. This in itself is a noble endeavor on the part of the project sponsors, editors and publisher.
We need more books like this one.