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Lands of Charm and Cruelty : Vintage Departures - Stan Sesser

Lands of Charm and Cruelty

Vintage Departures

Paperback Published: 28th June 1994
ISBN: 9780679742395
Number Of Pages: 340

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Southeast Asia - an infinitely fascinating part of the world, whose people are beautiful and welcoming, whose ancient cultural traditions still thrive today, whose great religious relics and works of art dazzle the traveler.

"An absorbing introduction to a region that remains a mystery to most Americans." -- Boston Globe Borneo -- a magnificent island rain forest where the gentle Penan people, some of the world's last hunter-gatherers, are waging a campaign of nonviolent resistance against rapacious timber companies; Singapore -- a gleaming capitalist Eden where chewing gum is illegal and a political prisoner serves out his sentence in a theme park; Laos -- a land still haunted by the periodic detonation of Vietnam War-era bombs along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and where a Buddhist perestroika blossoms after decades of Communist oppression.

These are "the lands of charm and cruelty" that Stan Sesser renders with such immediacy and insight in his reports from Southeast Asia. Whether he is in Cambodia, observing the eerie comeback of the Khmer Rouge, or in Burma, where the military regime rampages on days divisible by nine and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate lives under house arrest, Sesser writes with an unfailing eye for the nuances of place, profound sympathy for the struggles of ordinary people, and unsparing attention to the ways in which history has betrayed them."

Introductionp. ix
Singapore: The Prisoner in the Theme Parkp. 3
Laos: The Forgotten Countryp. 69
Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge Have Returnedp. 125
Burma: A Rich Country Gone Wrongp. 177
Borneo: Logging the Rain Forestp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 295
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780679742395
ISBN-10: 0679742395
Series: Vintage Departures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 28th June 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45