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100 things you never knew about SE Asia

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Topic: 100 things you never knew about SE Asia
Posted By: Paul
Subject: 100 things you never knew about SE Asia
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 01:21
Following the success of my similar post on the Classics forum....
 
http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=22554 - http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=22554
 
Lets try and get some participation in this forum.
 
 
1. Thai nurses were the only women to serve in the trenches during wwi.
 
2. It is illegal to own a Buddha image in Thailand or take one out of the country. Buddha cannot have monetary value. Images have to be leased from the maker.
 
3. Malaysia runs the last apartied system in the world. Chinese and Indian Malays are considered second class citizens and descriminated against by the law. They are denied education by quotas and economic rights.
 
4. Lao.... On this neutral country from 1964 to 1973, the US Airforce flew almost 600,000 bombing missions, one every 9 minutes for 10 years. More ordinance was dropped on this tiny country than dropped by all sides in the whole of World War II. In the genocide the United States dropped hundreds of thousands 340-kilogram bombs and 100 million cluster bombs killing nearly a quarter of the population of the whole country. Between ten and thirty percent of the bombs did not explode, leaving 8 million to 24 million unexploded bombs scattered across the country today killing and maiming up to a thousand locals, mostly children, each and every year since the war ended.


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Posted By: Knights
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 01:40
5. Deer Cave (Gua Payau) in Sarawak, Malaysia, is the largest cave passage in the world. It stretches for 2km at a width and height never below 90m. The main cavern is 174m wide and 124m high. Basically, a Jumbo Jet could fly through it. It's also home to over a million bats, flesh-eating maggots and cockroaches, cave-dwelling snakes and swiftlets (whose nests are a local delicacy, made of purely bird saliva). 

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Posted By: Sarmat
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 01:49
Originally posted by Paul

 
 
1. Thai nurses were the only women to serve in the trenches during wwi.
 
 
In fact, Russian nursed did the same; many of them were decorated for dragging wounded from the battle field right under German fire. By the start of Bolshevik mutinity, due to decreased morale there even were "women batallions" in the Russian army.


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 02:02
Typical! Western history book, leaves the Russians out.
 
Did they fight in the trenches?
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womens_Battalion - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Battalion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womens_Battalion#Fate_of_the_women.27s_battalions -


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Posted By: Sarmat
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 02:35
Yes, they even went to the attack of the German trenches, though without much success.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womens_Battalion - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Battalion
 
The article talks about that.


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Posted By: Temujin
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 17:53
actually the Ukrainian Legion of Austria-Hungary included a few female combatants.


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 22:54
So 1 should be changed to?
 
1. Thai nurses were the only women to serve in trenches on the allied side in wwi.
 
 


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Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2008 at 23:37
Why did or would a Thai/Siamese serve any side during WW1?

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Posted By: Sarmat
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 00:52
Originally posted by Paul

So 1 should be changed to?
 
1. Thai nurses were the only women to serve in trenches on the allied side in wwi.
 
 
 
Didn't Russia fight on the Allied side?


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 02:35
Very possibly...
 
 
Ok
 
1. Thai nurses were the only women in the trenches on the western front...


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 02:39
Originally posted by Zagros

Why did or would a Thai/Siamese serve any side during WW1?
 
Basically to impress Britain and France and make them look like a modern nation in their eyes.


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Posted By: pekau
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 03:58

We'll need a Five Year Plan just to get to 50 points, nevermind 100...

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.

 


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Posted By: Sarmat
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 05:02
Originally posted by Paul

Very possibly...
 
 
Ok
 
1. Thai nurses were the only women in the trenches on the western front...
 
LOL


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Posted By: gcle2003
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 11:02
Is the claim that the Thai nurses actually worked "in the trenches" or are we just being metaphorical here?
 
There are many things about SE Asia that I never knew, but I can't suggest any because I don't know what they are.


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Posted By: Temujin
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 19:15
Originally posted by Temujin

actually the Ukrainian Legion of Austria-Hungary included a few female combatants.


actually i remember late in the war Russia also raised all-female shock battalions.


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2008 at 21:09
Who was most shocked, the Germans, or the women themselves when they were told their new jobs.

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Posted By: Temujin
Date Posted: 24-Jan-2008 at 18:11
i think they never actually fought before Brest-Litovsk and were disbanded thereafter.

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Posted By: Sarmat
Date Posted: 24-Jan-2008 at 18:30
Originally posted by Paul

Who was most shocked, the Germans, or the women themselves when they were told their new jobs.
 
LOL
 
Yes, Russian Provisional Government had coonducted a lot of "advanced" military reforms. Including, for example, the famous Order N 1, which said that the attack only could be commenced if approved by voting of the majority of the unit.
 
Other than that, guys, I believe we already moved quite far away from SE stuff in this thread.


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 25-Jan-2008 at 23:23
7. The Plain of Jars in Lao is one of the most mysterious places of earth. over 400 sites full of Jars from 1 to 3 metres tall cover the plain often in clusters up to 250.  They are estimated to be between 1500 and 2000 years old. No-one knows what they are for or who made them
http://www.allempires.com/article/index.php?q=xieng_kouang - http://www.allempires.com/article/index.php?q=xieng_kouang
 
8. Thailand was the first country on Earth to enter the Bronze-Age 3,600 bc, the site at Ban Chang has the oldest Bronze artifacts on Earth. Thai Bronze was superior in quality to the much later Mesopotamian Bronze and the Thais taught the Chinese how to make bronze.
 
9. The Hittites are credited with discovering Iron production. Ban Chang finds of Iron are the same age as the Hittite ones.
 
10. Korat in Thailand is the place of the world's first rice production. Today Thailand is the world's largest producer.
 


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 25-Jan-2008 at 23:45
11. The island of Penang in Malaysia was the main distribution centre in the world for the Opium trade.
 
12. The traditional SE Asian New Year is in April. It is still celebrated in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Burma. Traditionally SE Asians mounted road blocs stopped people and splashed water on them and gently put talcom powder on their faces. Then the Thais went berserk and discovered water guns, then water cannon, then icy cold water barrels. Nowadays for the duration of the festival gangs stand on street corner and pickup trucks full of water and cannon prowl the road, anyone is fair game In in Thailand 2007, 506 people were killed and 5,500 injured making it the most dangerous festival in the world. Most were killed by drunk drivers or motorcyclists knocked over in traffic by water cannon. Burma, Lao and Cambodia under Thai influence are quickly adopting water cannon.
 
http://pattaya-crazy.com/blog/?p=47 - http://pattaya-crazy.com/blog/?p=47
 
 


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Posted By: Omar al Hashim
Date Posted: 26-Jan-2008 at 06:57
13. The Dutch traded Manhattan Island for a spice island in Indonesia

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Posted By: Suren
Date Posted: 26-Jan-2008 at 08:53
Originally posted by Paul

11. The island of Penang in Malaysia was the main distribution centre in the world for the Opium trade.
 
12. The traditional SE Asian New Year is in April. It is still celebrated in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Burma. Traditionally SE Asians mounted road blocs stopped people and splashed water on them and gently put talcom powder on their faces. Then the Thais went berserk and discovered water guns, then water cannon, then icy cold water barrels. Nowadays for the duration of the festival gangs stand on street corner and pickup trucks full of water and cannon prowl the road, anyone is fair game In in Thailand 2007, 506 people were killed and 5,500 injured making it the most dangerous festival in the world. Most were killed by drunk drivers or motorcyclists knocked over in traffic by water cannon. Burma, Lao and Cambodia under Thai influence are quickly adopting water cannon.
 
 


When does your new year exactly start?
Persian new year is  at march 21st. I believe Chinese new year start at Feb.


Posted By: Chilbudios
Date Posted: 26-Jan-2008 at 09:56
8. Thailand was the first country on Earth to enter the Bronze-Age 3,600 bc, the site at Ban Chang has the oldest Bronze artifacts on Earth. Thai Bronze was superior in quality to the much later Mesopotamian Bronze and the Thais taught the Chinese how to make bronze.
I don't know the exact details but I remember I've read that this allegedly oldest Bronze Age site was disputed and more recent datings were suggested.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01-Feb-2008 at 09:00
Originally posted by Paul

 10. Korat in Thailand is the place of the world's first rice production. Today Thailand is the world's largest producer.
 
Thailand is infact the world's largest exporter of rice.
 
World rice supplies are expected to be tight in 2007, but despite this ample supplies in Thailand will allow it to widen its lead as the worlds largest exporter.
 
http://www.fas.usda.gov/grain/circular/2007/01-07/graintoc.htm - http://www.fas.usda.gov/grain/circular/2007/01-07/graintoc.htm
 
14.THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah,Malaysia. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
 
http://www.kgomez.com/malaysia/ - http://www.kgomez.com/malaysia/
 


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 14-Apr-2008 at 20:15
Originally posted by Omar al Hashim

13. The Dutch traded Manhattan Island for a spice island in Indonesia

That's not true, Manhattan (or rather the entire New Netherlands) was traded for Suriname.


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Posted By: Julius Augustus
Date Posted: 15-Apr-2008 at 06:03
Lapu Lapu was a muslim and not a worshiper or Bathala. 


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-Aug-2008 at 18:12
14.THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah,Malaysia. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
 
tht leaf .. i believe it should have smaller species
 
 
some species we can eat.. asam pedas keladi.. yummy
 
 
but .. u cant touch this plant as it makes u itchy... Tongue


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-Aug-2008 at 18:13

15. Batak religion is found among the Batak societies around Lake Toba in north Sumatra. Marco Polo wrote in 1292 that the Batak ate their parents when they became too old for work, and Raffles in the nineteenth century stated that for certain crimes a criminal would be eaten alive.

http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/encyclopedia/indon/batak.html - http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/encyclopedia/indon/batak.html



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-Aug-2008 at 18:23
16. Open House Tradition. The open house or rumah terbuka tradition is unique to Malaysia. The open houses are usually held during major festivals and celebrations like the Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year and Deepavali.
 
http://www.virtualmalaysia.com/event/open_house.cfm - http://www.virtualmalaysia.com/event/open_house.cfm


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-Aug-2008 at 18:51
 
17. Singapore was part of Malaya or nowadays known as Malaysia. From 1963 till 1965.
 
18. Penang Bridge is the longest bridge in South East Asia
 
 
19. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The magnitude 9.0 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake triggered a series of lethal tsunamis on December 26, 2004, with over one hundred and fifty thousand fatalities, ranging from those in the immediate vicinity of the quake in Indonesia, Thailand and the north-western coast of Malaysia to people thousands of kilometres away in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and even as far as Somalia in eastern Africa. The death toll from this event makes it the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Source: http://www.important.ca/tsunami_history.html - http://www.important.ca/tsunami_history.html
 
20. Orangutans only can be found in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.


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Posted By: Voskhod
Date Posted: 12-Oct-2008 at 03:31
Originally posted by Paul

3. Malaysia runs the last apartied system in the world. Chinese and Indian Malays are considered second class citizens and descriminated against by the law. They are denied education by quotas and economic rights.


Malaysia's situation is complex. It's not clear-cut like the Apartheid system (where blacks can't walk in white areas and can't vote freely in elections). The Malaysian racial policy stems from the fact that, after independence, Malays, who mainly lives in rural areas, were the disadvantaged in society, compared to Indians and Chinese. Then successive UMNO governments put in laws giving ethnic Malays, as "natives" or "sons of the soil" preference in education, employment and so on. On the other hand, Malaysia has freedom of religion and freedom of speech (well, compared to, say, Vietnam...), and there's no major outbreak of racial conflicts. There's no racial segregation or overt hostility between ethnic Malays, Chinese or Indians.
Such a system is bound to have critics,  especially now that Malays is no longer the disadvantaged ethnic group they were 40 years ago, which is why you see so many people supporting Anwar now.


Posted By: Voskhod
Date Posted: 12-Oct-2008 at 03:36
@ Suren: Thai (and Cambodian and Lao) New Year is April 13. In Thailand the period between April 13 - April 15 is called Songkran.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 13-Oct-2008 at 18:31
Originally posted by Voskhod

Originally posted by Paul

3. Malaysia runs the last apartied system in the world. Chinese and Indian Malays are considered second class citizens and descriminated against by the law. They are denied education by quotas and economic rights.


Malaysia's situation is complex. It's not clear-cut like the Apartheid system (where blacks can't walk in white areas and can't vote freely in elections). The Malaysian racial policy stems from the fact that, after independence, Malays, who mainly lives in rural areas, were the disadvantaged in society, compared to Indians and Chinese. Then successive UMNO governments put in laws giving ethnic Malays, as "natives" or "sons of the soil" preference in education, employment and so on. On the other hand, Malaysia has freedom of religion and freedom of speech (well, compared to, say, Vietnam...), and there's no major outbreak of racial conflicts. There's no racial segregation or overt hostility between ethnic Malays, Chinese or Indians.
Such a system is bound to have critics,  especially now that Malays is no longer the disadvantaged ethnic group they were 40 years ago, which is why you see so many people supporting Anwar now.


Star good explanation.


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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 14-Oct-2008 at 14:34
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.



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 14-Oct-2008 at 16:00

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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Posted By: Guests
Date 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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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 14-Oct-2008 at 17:53

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

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASEAN

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





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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 16-Oct-2008 at 07:16
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.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 16-Oct-2008 at 07:18
correction:


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


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 16-Oct-2008 at 07:21
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.


Posted By: Voskhod
Date Posted: 16-Oct-2008 at 12:04
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.


Posted By: ASEAN
Date Posted: 28-Oct-2008 at 04:16
37. Angkor Wat in Cambodia is considered the world's largest religious temple complex ever constructed.




Posted By: Sander
Date Posted: 30-Oct-2008 at 03:21
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.  


Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 17-Feb-2009 at 21:51
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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Posted By: Paul
Date 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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Posted By: shaolin
Date 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.


Posted By: ConradWeiser
Date 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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Posted By: Temujin
Date 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.


want to learn more.


Posted By: Sarmat
Date 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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Posted By: ConradWeiser
Date 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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Posted By: Temujin
Date Posted: 30-Mar-2009 at 20:09
it's interesting nevertheless, i didn't knew about that.


Posted By: Sarmat
Date Posted: 30-Mar-2009 at 23:16
Originally posted by ConradWeiser

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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Posted By: malizai_
Date Posted: 04-May-2009 at 01:43
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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Posted By: opuslola
Date 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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