Migration came first. Long before European colonists arrived in south-east Asia, Arabs, Indians and Chinese were settling in the region. The early history of these immigrants is sketchy at best. In Thailand, where historical records are more complete than elsewhere in the region, immigrants were employed in a range of court-sanctioned roles from at least the sixteenth century. As of the eighteenth century, Chinese are recorded working for the Thai court as administrators and accountants.

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I sense she is cast as Southeast Asian Mandela here in the West. I wonder, as a non-expert, where would Mandela land on an economic scorecard scale of relative to the little lady? These are questions to be resolved by reading books rather than speculating through comment. Joe John October 11, at pm Reply Joe, who is a modern day version of Wolf Ladejinsky, in the field and designing reform? Is it a common job description today or still rare? Have you heard, even vaguely, of any department, agency or individual that excels in this practice?

Land reform and agriculture are coming back on to the developmental agenda, but without anyone yet quite knowing what to do.

They are sensible in my view to try to think clearly before committing resources, if indeed that is what they do. I would say that the main geographical focus is presently Africa, where there is plenty of land but very few places that support high yield household farming. The two that stand out are Ethiopia and Rwanda and, surprise, surprise, they are the best fast-growth stories on the continent.

Thank you. The recent collapse on 17th August of the Morandi bridge in Genoa,Italy seems to be a precursor to the total collapse of the Italian economy as predicted in your article on the Italian economy and the unsustainable directional decay which you wrote about in April The grotesque unemployment in that country has been fuelled by a marginalist voodoo economic policy driven by real-estate debt and unsustainable public debt.

What disturbs me is that even after all these voodoo economics has failed,the Chief Economist in the national treasury has not consulted you on a solution!!! By which I mean that the global crisis that began in will finally end with Italy. French and German taxpayers are going to take a sizeable hit.

Either Italy will leave the Euro or else the Germans will compel them to undertake painful economic reforms they should have undertaken 30 years ago. But getting Italians to do anything is all but impossible. You are doubtless aware they are presently flirting with fascism again — the only new institution that Italy invented in the past years.

I am an American professor of entrepreneurship headed off to Myanmar in a few months on a Fulbright. Looking forward to your thoughts. Please feel free to email. We share a love of Italy. My sense was that the government is clueless about development. The idea here is that we Europeans are lagging behind in the digital economy, just like Taiwan or South Korea were once lagging behind in the Fordist economy, and we need a strategy to catch up—and nobody has come up with one yet.

I live in London and could very easily travel to Cambridge for a coffee and hearing your thoughts on that idea. More about me here: hedgethebook. I just think she helps you understand the requisite ecosystem that facilitates the development of superb tech firms. Totally agree with the ideas you present.

Are you familiar with any books or articles that are focused in Latin America, which describe our lack of progress with similar arguments to yours? Thanks very much,.


Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia

Lots of information. Read it with an open mind and reflect. There are big implications here for both China and the USA. East Asia Japan, Korea, Taiwan have developed domestic companies that invent technology and compete globally. South East Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand rented labor to global businesses, but have never built their own globally competitive businesses.

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