Mekong Review n° 8 (August 2017)
Table of contents
America’s amnesia by Thomas A. Bass
Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War reminds us why America can’t make an honest film about the war it lost.
Formosakill by Calvin Godfrey
When environmental regulations prevented Formosa from building its steel plant in Taiwan, it turned to Vietnam.
Cause and karma by Amy Doffegnies
Before he was arrested, Ko Swe Win was already a target for those who want to silence him.
The past isn’t past by Sebastiano Strangio
The ghost town of Lumphat today tells us why America should forgive Cambodia’s war debt.
Poetry by Moe Way, Maung Shin Saw, Maung Sein Win
The latest in verse from around the Mekong region.
Deep South by Abby Seiff
Amid the sectarian violence, life in Thailand’s troubled south resembles life everywhere else.
Too much democracy by T. F. Rhoden
Despite appearances, something is missing at the heart of Thai democracy.
Coma-tose by Nguyen Quan
New poetry from Nguyen Quan
On the move by Martin Stuart-Fox
Rapid urbanisation has transformed Laos from a backwater to a regional hub.
Ocean Vuong’s poetry describes a world of memory and desire, scarred by violence.
Life as a shopping mall by Pim Wangtechawat
How Bangkok’s middle class live out their fears and fantasies in shopping malls.
Fallen idol by Andrew Selth
Since her party assumed power last year, Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered a spectacular fall from grace.
Midday’s children by Rupert Winchester
Two new books from the subcontinent labour under the shadow of Salman Rushdie’s masterpiece.
Eulogy for the street by Liam Moore
Poetry by Liam Moore
In parentheses by Philip Cornwel-Smith
The enfant terrible of Thai literature breaks rules and conventions to get to the truth.
Back to Mandalay by Joseph Woods
How a poem laden with colonial clichés gained such a hold on the Western imagination?
The singing dissident by Nguyen Qui Duc
The former pop artist has recast herself as a protest singer with political aspirations.
Thread songs by Gil Green
How a French traveller stumbled upon the Miao people and discovered their unique textile culture.
Vietnam’s book market by Pham Trang Nhung
As mainstream publishers continue to ignore them, Vietnam’s young writers are going online.
I am procheachon by Julia Wallace
On the Hunmobile and streaming live with Buddhist monks in the Cambodian elections.
Pablo and Josie by James Jennings
The young and arrogant Pablo Nerduda landed in Burma in 1927 — and left behind a broken heart.