Report From Southeast Asia

Publisher:  Insurgent Notes
Date Written:  03/01/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22523

A general commentary on work and economic conditions in parts of Southeast Asia, and possible comparisons with the ferment in Eastern Europe prior to 1917.



I've been to the impoverished south and Mekong Delta where the ethnic Khmer are, but it, like most of Cambodia, looks desolate and hopeless.

I haven't been to the central highlands or the north, where apparently a lot of things happen. A lot of the factories are an hour out of Ho Chi Minh City.

On the other hand, I passed yet another big demo in Cambodia on the way out of there. It was at the same place the big strike wave of 2012–13 ended when special police shot up a bunch of people. This demonstration was over unpaid bonuses, but it might mean an end to the fear that issued out of that crackdown.
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