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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 1

NOVEMBER 2019–JANUARY 2020

HONG KONG

CHINA

JOURNAL

3 Kong Tsung-gan

Unwavering

5 Richard Heydarian Red Flags: Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy by George Magnus

7 Sunisa Manning

Superstition

INTERVIEW

NOTEBOOK

9 Mutita Chuachang

12 Faisal Tehrani

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Cursed

CLIMATE

13 Jeff Sparrow Losing Earth: The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change by Nathaniel Rich; This Is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook by Clare Farrell, Alison Green, Sam Knights and William Skeaping (eds)

ANTHROPOLOGY 14 Michael Vatikiotis

The Lisu: Far from the Ruler by Michele Zack

ASIAN LIBRARY

15 Sean Gleeson

Cambodia 1975–1982 by Michael Vickery

DIARY

SOCIETY

BORNEO

SHORT STORY

POEMS

17 Antony Dapiran

Hong Kong burning

22 Joe Freeman McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist

Spirituality by Ronald E. Purser

23 James Weitz The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure by Carl Hoffman

24 Andrew Lam

Rory Harris

“Dear TC”

“frayed”, “shoes”

ESSAYS

POETRY

SINGAPORE

25 Paul Arthur un\\martyred: [self-]vanishing presences in Vietnamese poetry by Nha Thuyen

26 Robert Yeo

“Small town romance”

27 Theophilus Kwek

On the fence

NEIGHBOURHOOD 29 Fahmi Mustaffa

PROFILE

TRIBUTE

30 Abby Seiff

32 Greg Earl

FILM

33 Alexander Wells

THE BOOKSELLER 34 Lok Man Law

George Town

Wilfred Chan

B.J. Habibie

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

Albert Wan mekongreview.com PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Minh Bui Jones DEPUTY EDITOR Ben Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Robert Templer CONTRIBUTING EDITORS ko ko thett (poetry), Preeta Samarasan (fiction)

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SUBSCRIPTION MANAGER Shu Wen Chye SUB-EDITORS Allen Myers, Sandy Barron

COVER ILLUSTRATOR Don Mak

ARTISTS Gianluca Costantini, Charis Loke, Damien Chavanat, Elsie Herberstein, Janelle Retka

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Mekong Review is published four times a year

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