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Hong Kong, Singapore - Fragrant Harbour/Lion City
Beginning in Macau, this film records the historical events that brought Western powers--Dutch, American and English--to Asia. The realities of life in Hong Kong and Kowloon during the 1970s, the…
Indonesia - Unity in Diversity
Nationalism, with its sense of unity, is something third world nations and those that have lived under colonialism don't take for granted. For many it is still an ambition. Made…
Japan - The Bamboo Bends and Does Not Break
Modern Japan pulsates with people, colour and prosperity. But behind the everyday courtesies are time-honoured traditions and a society that seemingly is a paradox. Unravelling the history of this complex…
Malaysia - Sparrow With Sparrow, Raven With Raven
Chinese economic strength in a country where the Chinese are in the minority is a dilemma common throughout Southeast Asia. It is treated with care and understanding as to its…
Philippines - The Furthest Cross
The Philippines poses a problem of identity: to be Asian or otherwise. This film shows how the complex social structure of the Spanish and the religious cult of Santo Nino…
Thailand - Do Good Receive Good, Do Evil Receive Evil
Thailand has never known colonial rule. The Thai people are their own masters. There is little evidence of the kind of social organisations that modern western societies have found necessary…

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