Review: Where China Meets India by Thant Myint-U

The political changes in Myanmar this year have been extraordinary. Nobel prize-winner and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, free after nearly 25 years of off-again, on-again house arrest, won a parliamentary seat and is being talked about as a possible president in 2015. Censorship has been abolished. Dissidents who fought the government have been allowed back. After five wasted decades, change is coming to a country of some 60 million people, a change symbolized with the path-breaking November 2012 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Although Thant Myint-U’s latest book was written before this remarkable political opening, the latest work by one of the most perceptive chroniclers of contemporary Myanmar is unique in its ability to situate the country in a regional context…

This review was originally published in the Asian Review of Books. Can be accessed at

Through the Eyes of Asia’s Tiger Cubs

Asia’s post–Cold War generation of young professionals have a decidedly optimistic outlook on the future – as revealed by the Asia’s Challenge 2020 essay competion organized by the Asia Business Council, Time magazine and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Mark L. Clifford, executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council, co-authored a book, “Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation,” which showcases the visionary thinking of young essayists from China, India and other Asian nations. Beneficiaries of their parents’ hard work and sacrifices, the so-called Tiger Cubs expect Asia’s prosperity to continue. The group generally has faith in government and technology and keen awareness of the competing priorities of Asia’s diverse ethnic groups. The group also values regional economic integration and mutual support among nations. Tiger Cubs” are comfortable with their identities and opportunities, and as one essayist, India’s Rohit Pathak, suggests, “There is no doubt that the coming decade will be Asia’s.” – YaleGlobal

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