With great warmth and insight, Greg Sheridan takes us on a very personal journey to six Asian cities that have intrigued, surprised, repelled and charmed him.
Greg Sheridan has loved Southeast Asia for a long time. But he had no idea of what he was letting himself in for when he decided to journey to the hidden depths of some of his favourite cities with his Malaysian-born wife Jessie and their three sons.
From palaces to poverty, from high tech to high tradition, from mosque to market place, Greg Sheridan takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through six dramatic and compelling cities - Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hanoi, Saigon, Singapore and Hong Kong.
In Jakarta he finds himself in a disconcerting conversation with a Borneo face mask. He attends the only communist life drawing class in Hanoi and spends an evening under the stars with a Cantonese movie star in Hong Kong's Disco Bay. He also shares intimate conversations with the region's big men - Dr Mahathir of Malaysia, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, Abdurrahman Wahid in Jakarta - finds himself the guest of a friendly, if extreme, Islamic fundamentalist and spends one chilling morning with the leader of a terrorist group in Jakarta. From radical feminists to young politicians on the make, Greg Sheridan shows us an Asia that is disturbing, charming, intriguing and always surprising.
Told with wit, passion and humour Cities of the Hot Zone is a story about both the mysterious consolations of family and an enduring love of these incomparable cities.
Greg Sheridan is the foreign editor of The Australian and the author of Asian Values, Western Dreams (Sydney: Allen + Unwin,1999) and Tigers (Sydney: Allen + Unwin,1997). He co-edited Living With Dragons (Sydney: Allen + Unwin,1995).
Table Of Contents:
Kuala Lumpur: The Enigma of Arrival,
or Someone Lost My Horse 1
In Search of KL: The Days of Walking Dangerously 12
Desperately Seeking Islamic Fundamentalists 33
White Christmas in a Hot Climate 43
Cecil Trelawney and the Deadly Durian 47
Fellow Travelling with the Fundamentalists 55
I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: The Sisters Don' t Agree 68
Terror Targets in the Golden Triangle 79
Desperately Seeking Moderate Muslims 88
The Manic Moderate: An Appointment with the Doctor 95
Sadness, Children and Jihad 108
Lunch, Breakfast and Dinner 113
Long Blacks, Idola and Friends 118
Singapore: Feeli' Funky in the Lion City 128
Hano' s Ho, Miss Saigon and three Vietnams 163
Getting Canto Kicks at the Hong Kong Flicks 209
Jakarta is Not a Bit Insane 230
The Heart Divided: KL and Sydney 257
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