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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 2

FEBRUARY–APRIL 2021

HISTORY

3 Thomas A. Bass

Kissinger and Ellsberg in Vietnam

TAIWAN

POETRY

INTERVIEW

NOTEBOOK

ASIA

MYANMAR

HONG KONG

JOURNALISM

CHINA

AUSTRALIA

7 Michael Reilly

8 Maw Shein Win

9 Andrew Quilty

12 Yuen Chan

Between two whales

‘Phone booth’, ‘Shops’, ‘Restaurant’, ‘Factory’, ‘Eggs’, ‘Huts’

Mullah Abdul Rahman, Taliban commander

In China’s grip

13 Richard Heydarian Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire by Tim Harper

14 David Scott Mathieson The Burmese Labyrinth: A History of the Rohingya Tragedy by Carlos Sardina Galache

15 Holmes Chan Defiance: Photographic Documentary of Hong Kong’s

Awakening; Voices

16 Martin Stuart-Fox You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the

Story of War by Elizabeth Becker

18 Anne Stevenson-Yang Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy by Li Zhang

19 Jeff Sparrow The Carbon Club: How a Network of Influential Climate

Sceptics, Politicians and Business Leaders Fought to Control Australia’s Climate Policy by Marian Wilkinson

MALAYSIA

RELIGION

HERITAGE

20 Charles Brophy Automation and the Future of Work by Aaron Benanav;

Work in an Evolving Malaysia: The State of Households 2020, Part II by Khazanah Research Institute

21 Christopher G. Moore Finding the Heart Sutra; Guided by a Magician, an Art Collector and Buddhist Sages from Tibet to Japan by Alex Kerr

22 Farah Abdessamad Returning Southeast Asia’s Past: Objects, Museums, and

Restitution by Louise Tythacott and Panggah Ardiyansyah (eds)

HISTORY

SHORT STORY

POEM

23 Carl Vadivella Belle Life Under the Palms: The Sublime World of the Anti-

Colonialist Jacob Haafner by Paul van der Velde (translated by Liesbeth Bennink)

24 Ken Kwek

27 S Rupsha Mitra

Teochew opera

‘Winter wanderings’, ‘Gestalt of memories’, ‘During the war’

TRIBUTE

THAILAND

INDONESIA

28 Sunisa Manning

29 Tyrell Haberkorn

30 Jennifer Lindsay

Anthony Veasna So

A Good True Thai by Sunisa Manning

The Book of Jakarta by Maesy Ang and Teddy W. Kusuma (eds)

POETRY

31 Michael Freeman Magnolia, 木蘭 by Nina Mingya Powles; chengyu chinoiserie by Leung Rachel Ka Yin

POEM Nha Thuyen

TRANSLATION

32 Violet Cho

NEIGHBOURHOOD 33 Anthony Tao

‘Where are the wings beating from’ (translated by Kaitlin Rees)

Language is power

In my hutong

PROFILE

PUBLISHING

34 Abby Seiff

36 Marc de Faoite

POEM Rory Harris

FOOD

BOOKSELLER

37 Tse Wei Lim

38 Siddharth Dasgupta

Anup Kaphle

Dropping English

‘Change’

Childhood snacks

Radhika Timbadia

PUBLISHER & EDITOR Minh Bui Jones

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS ko ko thett (poetry), Preeta Samarasan (fiction), Pauline Fan (translation)

DESIGN Jess Barr WEBSITE Nicholas Lhoyd-Owen

DISTRIBUTION Shu Wen Chye

SUB-EDITORS Allen Myers, Mina Bui Jones, Abby Seiff PROOFREADER Izzy Souster

COVER ILLUSTRATOR Elsie Herberstein

ARTISTS Damien Chavanat, Charis Loke, Gianluca Costantini, Erica Eng, Paul Orchard, Badiucao

PO Box 417, Broadway NSW 2007, Australia; editor@mekongreview.com

Mekong Review is published four times a year; next issue May 2021

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