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Cities of the Hot Zone
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Greg Sheridan first went to Asia in the 1970s as a young journalist following the story of the Vietnamese boat people. Almost three decades later his fascination for the region remains unabated. Here he introduces us to six Asian cities which have intrigued, surprised, repelled and charmed him. In Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Hanoi and Saigon, Sheridan gets to the heart of each city: its history, people, religions, art, politics and economics. He reveals the clash or co-existence of the ancient and the ultra-modern, and explores the city's relationship to its broader national identity, as well as the way each presents itself to the world. Told with passion and humour, and combining travel writing with journalism, Greg Sheridan takes us inside the cities he has known and loved - and occasionally loathed - and which keep drawing him back again and again.
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Prologue ix 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 Thanks 260

About the Author

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).

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