It’s no good being frightened of change. Globalization is with us and will be with us forever.

(conservative Australian prime minister John Howard in Conley 2000: 106)

The contemporary youth in Asia have been the first to experience near universality of primary education, electronic media, forces of globalization and dominance of the agricultural job market. They are the largest youth generation that the world has seen and is likely to see. . . . Traditional structures are under threat everywhere. While the reduction in patriarchal power can have benefits for youth, it can also remove long valued and reliable support systems. The pace of change will continue to be rapid and this will create new pressures.