How did the British colonies in South East Asia become so divided?
In Malaya, the british developed a complicated system of colonies and proctorates that eventually gave rise to the equally comples, far flung malaysian federation. Burma was given the status of sovereign republic when British india became independent in 1947. while singapore however broke off malaysia in 1965 to beomce a sovereign city-state. Brunei, which had been a British protectorate since 1888, declined to join the union and maintained its status until independence in 1984 (did not join Malaysian federation)
How did the Dutch screw up their South East Asian colony? (indonesia)
By playing the princes of indonesia’s states against one another in the search for economic concessions and political influence, by placing the chinese in positions of responsibility , and by imposing systems of forced labor in areas they controlled, the company had ruinous effects on the indonesian socities
Which French colony in South East Asia was treated the poorest?
Laos. No improvements under 60 years of French rule.
Fragmented in SouthEast?
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
compact in southeast?
Protruded in southeast?
Elongated in southeast?
How did Singapore’s economy became so successful? (Its assets)
Great situation - “entrepôt” between all the major players in S.E. Asia and the Pacific Rim. Political Stability with lack of corruption Great brain power and diligent workers Leaders who recognize that the key to economic success lay in high tech industries. An economy that is continuing to expand! Surprisingly, the government is basically Communist following the Chinese order. Singapore is a rare example of a Socialist / Authoritarian government and a market-run economy coexisting
Why does everyone want to live in Brunei? (Its assets)
political stability, homogeneity, and a govt.
What is the main problem preventing Indonesia from economic success?
Problems: far too much heterogeneity Transmigration policy - to move people to neighboring islands to ease the population density issue. This causes people of different ethnicities to face violent discrimination.
Why is Tibet fighting for its freedom? When did it lose it?
China took over Tibet in 1950 - they disapproved of beliefs and lifestyles. Things worsened for Tibet under Mao After Mao’s death in 1976, control relaxed, but pro-Tibetan rioting starting in 1987 caused gov’t to again tighten control. The struggle to free Tibet and grant them autonomy continues today.