In contrast to many other parts of the world, globalization isn't a dirty word in East Asia. At least not yet.

That's not to say countries like Japan, South Korea or even China don't face some of the same challenges facing the United States and Europe today. From losing jobs to foreign competition to increased automation changing the nature of work, Asia too is confronting the very real threats of a rapidly changing, integrated world.

Still, anti-globalization protests remain rare in the Asia-Pacific. There is a broad consensus that economic growth remains heavily dependent on keeping exports strong.