Southeast Asia

Behind the Facade by Lee Morgenbesser

Behind the Facade examines the question of why authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia bother holding elections. Using comprehensive case studies of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore, Lee Morgenbesser argues that elections allow authoritarian regimes to collect information, pursue legitimacy, manage political elites, and sustain neopatrimonial domination.

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How to survive retirement in South East Asia by Bill Dean

You've reached the end of your working life and you're planning your retirement in South-East Asia. You've enjoyed your holidays there, with enjoyed the year-round warm climate, the beaches, the food, the people - and a cost-of-living where your home currency goes a lot, lot further - at least that's your hope.

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The Land Of The White Elephant by Frank Vincent

In 1871 at age 17 Frank Vincent Jr. dropped out of Yale University and, began "a systematic tour of the most interesting parts of the world." Arriving in Bangkok, Siam, Vincent desired to explore legends of a lost city of temples in the jungle as found in the papers of a Frenchman who had explored the region 10 years earlier, but who did not make it back alive.

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Cambodian Khmer by John Haiman

Cambodian is in many respects a typical Southeast Asian language, whose syntax at least on first acquaintance seems to approximate that of any SVO pidgin. On closer acquaintance, however, because of the richness of its idioms, the language seems to be a forbiddingly alien form of “Desesperanto” – a language of which one can read a page and understand every word individually, and have no inkling of what the page was all about.

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