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    Posted: 20-Oct-2009 at 21:15
After my travels in the Orient (Japan, Korea, Tawain, Hong Kong, etc.) during the early 1970's, I conceived that the entire area was amongst the most racist area of our planet! Every one, it seems, hates every one else! In Japan, white Americans or Europeans are called by a racist name IE, Gai-gin, or something close, and African Americans or Black Africans in general are called "coca-gin!", both are ethinically biased! Even though we are told that these words only mean "barbarian", the truth is in the code words, IE Coca!.

I am sure there exist common names for the Koreans, the Chinese, the Vietnmese, etc.! And, I am sure those other Asian countries have similar disparaging words for their neighbors!

I do not want to be disparaging towards anyone, but this is what I personally saw and heard.

But, of course, I could be wrong?

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49. Malaysia, once the largest exporter of latex rubber and now the the third after Thailand and Indonesia owes it's rubber plantations to the British who introduced to the region the plant species natural to the south americas.
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  Quote Sarmat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Mar-2009 at 23:16
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For the Chinese republican soldiers, they saw their differences with Taiwan's leadership, and found that they had the power here to obtain what they wanted.
 
"What they wanted" actually meant the establishment of feudal like system of getting tributes in opium from the local tribes and the brutal rule by sword over them.
 
The consequences of the long KMT presence in Northern Burma are still very visible there. The opium production goes on no matter what and Mandarin is used as lingua franca in the region.
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  Quote Temujin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Mar-2009 at 20:09
it's interesting nevertheless, i didn't knew about that.
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  Quote ConradWeiser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Mar-2009 at 04:27
I hardly would call that "still being stranded". I mean, that's like saying that the Soviet POWS who didn't return to the USSR after WWII were "stranded" in the west. They could have gone to Taiwan if they wanted to. Instead, (in both cases), the "stranded" party found that they would be better off where they were. In the case of Soviet POWs, that meant a higher standard of living and freedom from Stalinism. For the Chinese republican soldiers, they saw their differences with Taiwan's leadership, and found that they had the power here to obtain what they wanted.
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  Quote Sarmat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Mar-2009 at 02:17
Since they were cut from the main political center of the Republic of China which relocated to Taiwan they encamped in the mountainous regions and jungles of Myanma and Thailand waiting for the right time to return and "liberate" China from the communists
 
However, with with the passage of time this plans appeared more and more unreal until finally in the 1960th most of the remaining troops were evacuated back to Taiwan and the funding of the remaining units was cut. Disagreements developed between KMT centers in Taiwan and local generals in Indochina. Since the funding was complitely cut the rebellious generals complitely relied on opium production and export, becoming the drug lords of Indochina.
 
The reference to a such character was recently made in the movie "American Gangster" where Franc Lucas was bying heroin from the KMT general in the jungles of Thailand.
 
Although a lot of those soldiers have moved to Taiwan by now their descendants still remain in Northern territories of Thailand and Myanma and many of them are involved in drugs' trafficking.


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  Quote Temujin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2009 at 21:52
Originally posted by shaolin

48. Nationalist Army soldiers from the Republic of China(ROC) are still stranded in Myanmmar today in the aftemath of WWII and the Chinese Civil War when they fought the Japanese Imperial army in Rangoon.


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  Quote ConradWeiser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Mar-2009 at 22:34
6. Despite European pressure, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonized by a European country, thanks to capable rulers cleverly using Anglo-French rivalry for their own advantage.


Actually*, the fact Thailand retained independence is more due to its status as a buffer state between British Burma and French Indochina than of having good leadership. Foreign rulers were always interfering in Thai politics, and it functioned as little more than a puppet to interested Western powers.


*my own opinion from what I've learned about Thailand during the colonial age


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  Quote shaolin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Mar-2009 at 16:56
46. The indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia are a group of people called Orang Asli and not ethnic Malays.
 
47. The Brunei Dollar is accepted as "customary tender" in Singapore. Likewise, the Singapore dollar is customarily accepted in Brunei.
 
48. Nationalist Army soldiers from the Republic of China(ROC) are still stranded in Myanmmar today in the aftemath of WWII and the Chinese Civil War when they fought the Japanese Imperial army in Rangoon.


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  Quote Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Feb-2009 at 22:01
45. The Long Neck Tribe in Thailand is a major tourist attraction. There are only a few hundred but they generate millions for the country.
 
They are kept in their village by the mafia under threats of extreme violence if they try to leave. The local police capture them an return them to the village if they manage to excape. They live in extreme poverty and if refuse to pose for tourist photos suffer malnutrician.
 
5 Years ago in a massive gesture the New Zealand government granted the whole tribe New Zealand citizenship and the promise of aid and education for their children in New Zealand.
 
However the Thai government refuses to allow these New Zealand citizens to leave the country, ordering all ports not to grant them an exit stamp. They are the only people in Thailand who are not enemies of the state or convicted criminal refused this basic human right. 
 
 
However, despite massive newspaper and magazine coverage of their plight, a TV documentary, ignorant western tourists still pour into their village daily handing money to their jailors.


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40. The Bang Na Expressway in Thailand, length 54,000 metres, is the longest bridge in the world.
 
41. In Burma the government passed a law forcing everyone to grow a nut plant in their gardens. The name of the plant sounds like Suu Kyi spokon backwards. The goverment believes by doing this the evil spirit of Aung Sun Suu Kyi will be exorcised from the country.
 
42. Burma is one of the last three countries on earth (along with Liberia and the USA) to still use the imperial measurment system.
 
43. In the 1970's Burma changed the side of the road they drove on from left to right. Because of international embargo, no new cars have entered Burma since the 1970's. This means while the cars drive on the right they all have right hand drive.
 
44. It is illegal to ride a bicycle in Rangoon.
 
 


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38. The highest mountain in SEA is the Hkakabo Razi 5881m, Burma (Myanmar)
 
 
 
39.  3  SEAN kingdoms defeated the Mongol-Chinese forces in the 13 th century :  The  Vietnamese, the Cham's and the Javanese.  
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37. Angkor Wat in Cambodia is considered the world's largest religious temple complex ever constructed.


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34. While Philippines have the highest population of Catholics, Timor-Leste has the highest percentage of the population following Catholicism (97%).
35. In 1565 the Sultan of Aceh declared his allegiance to the Ottoman Empire. An Ottoman fleet was dispatched to Sumatra afterwards.
36. The Dutch spent almost forty years, from 1873 to 1910, trying to subdue the prosperous and fiercely independent Sultanate of Aceh. While the Dutch managed to capture Banda Aceh and other towns early in the war, guerrila warfare persisted in the countryside for decades.
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32. The Philippines is the largest predominantly Catholic country in SE Asia.

33. And no--we weren't discovered by Ferdinand Magellan. This is the new stance of our historians. We weren't discovered by Ferdinand Magellan. Though he was indeed slain in a battle against a local chieftain, Lapu Lapu.
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28. The Philippines has the longest running communist insurgency in SE Asia.
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25. The Philippines was the first Republic in SE Asia, established in 1898 by Emilio Aguinaldo while tensions between the newly arrived Americans was reaching an all time high.

26. The Phillippines was purchased for around 20 million pesos from Spain at the end of the Spanish American war.

27. At the end of ww2 Manila was the most devastated city in SE Asia.

28. The Philippines has the longest running insurgency in SE Asia.

29. "Black jack" Pershing of ww1 fame made his career fighting in the Southern Phillipines.

30. They say Filipinos pioneered a 'bloodless revolution' in 1986 but that was actually the aftermath of an aborted coup de tat meant to oust the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

31. Filipinos aren't proud that Imelda Marcos owns the most pairs of shoe sin the world.
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23.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations,commonly referred to as ASEAN, is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on August 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Its aims include the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, the protection of the peace and stability of the region, and to provide opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully

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24. The smallest country in South East Asia is Singapore..



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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Oct-2008 at 17:18
Originally posted by Paul

Originally posted by cahaya

 
18. Penang Bridge is the longest bridge in South East Asia
 

 



Bang Na Bridge in Bangkok is the longest bridge in the world. Over 8 x the length of the Penang Bridge.

Upon which I've travelled both many times.



so it was the longest bridge before Bang Na Bridge completed .. LOL
seriously.. i never knw about the bridge.. lol
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21. Polynesians are South East Asians.

22. Madagascar speaks an Austro-Indonesian language and was conquered by sailors comming from Indonesia 2000 years ago.

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