Archive for July, 2010

As we enter China, it is unfortunate the world of WordPress does not follow. We will be back in a month with much more from Cambodia, Vietnam and China.   

For now, I leave you with a short paraphrase from a Cambodian tour guide:  

Our tour guide in white, 52 years old.



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The unwanted city


Two years after the unification of Malaysia in 1963, the ideologies and social make-up of its two largest cities, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, clashed. In a rather bizarre twist of post-colonial reshuffling, the capital of Kuala Lumpur firmly suggested Singapore leave the federation. Soon after the decision was ceremoniously showered in Prime Ministerial tears live on Singapore television. Nearly fifty years later, my visual impression places Singapore far ahead of its former administrator and other Southeast Asian Nations. The economic data is no less impressive. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei return a combined economic product little more than half that of Singapore (Studwell, xi). (more…)

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