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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 4

AUGUST – OCTOBER 2021

CHINA

3 Robert Templer In the Camps: China’s High-Tech Penal Colony by Darren Byler;

The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future by Geoffrey Cain

JOURNAL

4 Rian Thum

The desecration of Uyghur mazars

POEM

5 Muyesser Abdul’ehed Hendan ‘A letter to the prison’

POETRY

6 Dipika Mukherjee ‘Monsoon, Delhi’, ‘Sleep’, ‘Aphorisms from the Malay Archipelago’,

‘Keeping the faith’

HISTORY

HONG KONG

INTERVIEW

7 Yuan Zhu The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives by Timothy

Cheek, Klaus Mühlhahn & Hans van de Ven (editors)

8 Jessie Lau For the Love of Hong Kong: A Memoir From My City Under Siege by Hana Meihan Davis

9 Koey Lee

Nathan Law

NOTEBOOK

12 Thomas Kean

Myanmar on edge

MYANMAR

13 Phil Thornton

The Tatmadaw

THE STRAITS 15 Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh Separation POLITICS 16 Michael Reilly Made in China: Wuhan, Covid and the Quest for Biotech Supremacy by Jasper Becker

FIRST PERSON 17 Jim Weitz

Shutdown in Wuhan

ENERGY

VIETNAM

18 Tom Baxter

The end of coal

21 Hong Kong Nguyen Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam by Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu

MALAYSIA

22 Marco Farrarese Ghost Lives of the Pendatang: Informality and Cosmopolitan

Contaminations in Urban Malaysia by Parthiban Muniandy

STREETFOOD Yishu Zhou

Home sweet hawker

SHORT STORY 23 Shih-Li Kow

Under the circumstance

FICTION

SOUTH ASIA

25 Patrick Allington

Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

26 Sudipto Sanyal Our Freedoms: Essays and Stories by India’s Best Writers by

Nilanjana S. Roy (ed); Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir by Malik Sajad

TRANSLATION 27 Peter Zinoman Other Moons: Vietnamese Short Stories of the American War and

Its Aftermath by Quan Manh Ha and Joseph Babcock (translators and editors)

LITERATURE

POETRY

28 James Yu

29 Michael Freeman

In your face

A Gap in the Clouds by James Hadley and Nell Regan (translators)

ANTHOLOGY

30 Tse Wei Food Republic: A Singapore Literary Banquet by Ann Ang, Daryl

Lim Wei and Tse Hao Guang (editors)

NEIGHBOURHOOD 31 Anjan Sundaram

PROFILE

FOOD

32 Louis Raymond

34 Mark Robinson

Street 390, Phnom Penh

Bao Vuong

Tokyo diners

PHOTOGRAPHY 35 Farah Abdessamad Welcome to Cambodia: From War Zone to Tourist Destination by Paul K. Cummings

TRAVEL

36 Emily Ding Travel Writing Tribe: Journeys in Search of a Genre by Tim Hannigan

POEM Ghojimuhemmed Muhemmed ‘Sometimes’ CULTURE 37 Marc de Faoite Good Morning Towel BOOKSELLER 38 Sean Chadwell Café of Knowledge, Luang Prabang

PUBLISHER & EDITOR Minh Bui Jones

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

DESIGN Jess Barr WEBSITE Nicholas Lhoyd-Owen SUB-EDITOR Allen Myers PROOFREADER Izzy Souster

COVER Elsie Herberstein ARTISTS Damien Chavanat, Gianluca Costantini, Erica Eng, Paul Orchard

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

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