By Greg Sheridan
Skillfully combining journalism with shuttle writing, a veteran reporter attracts on 30 years of reporting in Asia to make clear the speedily altering towns of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Hanoi, and Saigon. The historical past, humans, religions, and economies of every burgeoning urban are mentioned, in addition to how the actual dynamic makeup of every coexists and clashes with the intrusions of a bigger nationwide identification. additionally integrated are measured insights in regards to the becoming presence of Islamic fundamentalism in Southeastern Asia.
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He doesn’t apologise for not telling me this but says merely that most cab drivers should know by now that the main campus is at Gambok. It’s too late for me to get to Gambok before he leaves for the day. The good professor kindly suggests that I go back to my hotel and rest. We arrange to meet a few days later. The day of our rearranged appointment I have some business that has taken me into the city and decide to take a cab from the rank at the Shangri-La Hotel. Taxis can be difficult to obtain at certain times of the day and hotel ranks are sometimes the best bet.
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