To simplify: in South Asia it is traditional to have arranged, early marriages, in which men are dominant and the extended family is important.East Asia also has a male-dominated system, but one that stresses the nuclear family more; nowadays it has abandoned arranged marriages.In South Asia and China marriage remains near-universal, with 98% of men and women tying the knot.
His Malaysian contemporary, Mahathir Mohamad, went further.
with homosexuality, with cohabitation.” He might well have concluded that the absence of traditional family virtues from the streets of London recently showed the continued superiority of Asia.
Asians, in fact, have several distinct family systems.
In the West the upshot has been divorce and illegitimacy.
In Asia the results include later marriage, less marriage and (to some extent) more divorce. But both East and West are seeing big changes in the role of women and traditional family life.
The Asian avoidance of marriage is new, and striking.