Mick Shippen is a freelance writer and photographer who travels extensively throughout Asia conducting research for articles and taking photographs for local and international publications. David Bowden is a freelance photojournalist based in Malaysia, specialising in travel and the environment. Nigel Hicks is a freelance writer and photographer who has travelled widely throughout Asia working for a large number of book and magazine publishers. Michael Montesano is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. He first went to Southeast Asia in 1983, to serve as a US Peace Corps volunteer in rural Thailand. He later attended agriculture college in the Philippines and earned a doctorate in modern Southeast Asian history at Cornell University. He is co-editor of Thai South and Malay North: Ethnic Interactions on a Plural Peninsula (2008) and Bangkok, May 2010: Perspectives on a Divided Thailand (2012). He spent many years on the faculty of the National University of Singapore and is a frequent speaker and commentator on Southeast Asian affairs.