I often hear how Asia can produce but they are not innovators.

I truly believe that is a racist stereotype, that the world will be confronted with very soon. Asians are going to take everything to into a whole new realm of possibilities in the next decade and we will all benefit from their innovations.
Just look at this sink concept from Designers: Jin-sun Park & Byungmin Woo

Fountain Tab Faucet by Jin-sun Park & Byungmin Woo » Yanko Design.