Cities of the Hot Zone

A Southeast Asian Adventure

Greg Sheridan
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With great warmth and insight, Greg Sheridan takes us on a very personal journey to six Asian cities that have intrigued, surprised, repelled and charmed him.

Greg Sheridan has loved Southeast Asia for a long time. But he had no idea of what he was letting himself in for when he decided to journey to the hidden depths of some of his favourite cities with his Malaysian-born wife Jessie and their three sons.

From palaces to poverty, from high tech to high tradition, from mosque to market place, Greg Sheridan takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through six dramatic and compelling cities - Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hanoi, Saigon, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In Jakarta he finds himself in a disconcerting conversation with a Borneo face mask. He attends the only communist life drawing class in Hanoi and spends an evening under the stars with a Cantonese movie star in Hong Kong's Disco Bay. He also shares intimate conversations with the region's big men - Dr Mahathir of Malaysia, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, Abdurrahman Wahid in Jakarta - finds himself the guest of a friendly, if extreme, Islamic fundamentalist and spends one chilling morning with the leader of a terrorist group in Jakarta. From radical feminists to young politicians on the make, Greg Sheridan shows us an Asia that is disturbing, charming, intriguing and always surprising.

Told with wit, passion and humour Cities of the Hot Zone is a story about both the mysterious consolations of family and an enduring love of these incomparable cities.

Author bio:

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).

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781741142242
Table Of Contents: 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
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2003
Page Extent: 272
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Travel writing