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A Malaysian Journey

By Rehman Rashid PEDALING JAYA, MALAYSIA: REHMAN RASHID, 1993, REPRINTED 1997 287 PAGES AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT HTTP://WWW.ARTHURSBOOKS.COM Despite its insipid and travel-guide sounding title, this autobiographically based narrative of postcolonial Malaysia is a noteworthy addition to the otherwise relatively anemic selection of what amounts to rather nondescript and unimaginative accounts of modern Malaysia one would likely encounter. Rashid’s contribution is lucid, imaginative and engagi...

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Thailand’s Boom and Bust

By Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: SILKWORM BOOKS, 1998 368 PAGES Thailand’s Boom and Bust is an examination of both the fundamental changes and subtle developments associated with Thailand’s decade-long economic expansion that ostensibly started in the mid-1980s. In my view, Phongpaichit and Baker do a fine job of steering clear of indulging in what often tends to be a dry and worst yet, one-dimensional economic analysis of Thailand’s experience during the afore...