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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 ixKuala Lumpur: The Enigma of Arrival,or Someone Lost My Horse 1In Search of KL: The Days of Walking Dangerously 12Desperately Seeking Islamic Fundamentalists 33White Christmas in a Hot Climate 43Cecil Trelawney and the Deadly Durian 47Fellow Travelling with the Fundamentalists 55I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: The Sisters Don' t Agree 68Terror Targets in the Golden Triangle 79Desperately Seeking Moderate Muslims 88The Manic Moderate: An Appointment with the Doctor 95Sadness, Children and Jihad 108Lunch, Breakfast and Dinner 113Long Blacks, Idola and Friends 118Singapore: Feeli' Funky in the Lion City 128Hano' s Ho, Miss Saigon and three Vietnams 163Getting Canto Kicks at the Hong Kong Flicks 209Jakarta is Not a Bit Insane 230The Heart Divided: KL and Sydney 257Thanks 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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