As in other parts of the world, modernity has spread across Asia in an unstoppable flood. The pace of change, and the form in which it manifests itself, has differed from one region to another. But no country has escaped all the radical processes of modernization such as mushrooming cities, advances in technology and an increasingly globalized economy. It has been a challenge for architects to decide what stance to take towards the modern paradigm. A specific question has been whether architecture should aim to be international in style, should hark back to regional archetypes in reaction to the loss of identity, or should aspire to a blend of Occidental and Oriental traits.