Asian tigers or East Asian tigers are a nickname for the economy of countries; Taiwan , Singapore , Hong Kong and South Korea . This name was called for achieving a high rate of economic growth and rapid industrialization during the period between the sixties and nineties, and at the beginning of the twenty-first century these countries turned to developed countries and helped in the growth of the economies of some Asian countries. Asian tigers have a special partnership trend with some well-off Asian countries, such as China and Japan .