Vietnamese religious procession in Versailles, 1975.
Photo Credit: Archdiocese of New Orleans
The name “Versailles” refers to “Versailles Arms Apartment,” the New Orleans East public housing project where a tight-knit group of Vietnamese refugees was first resettled in 1975. The refugees have fled their homes twice already in their life time—first from North to South Vietnam to escape communist persecution in 1957, and then to New Orleans from the war in 1975.
Colorful Telephones on Flickr.
A row of colorful telephones stands in Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong train station.
I was determined to detach myself from commercial filmmaking. I think its important for us to realize where our values lie, only if you understand your own work very clearly can you understand where you are. I personally have gone to the streets and sold tickets, I’m trying very hard to combat [the mainstream], otherwise we will only have Hollywood and McDonald’s in this world. Otherwise we’d only have genre films; film would only be one thing. — Tsai Ming-liang
Patuxai at Night on Flickr.
Night view of the Patuxai monument in Vientiane, Laos
Sarong (Kain Lepas)
late 19th–early 20th century
Ancient casino in the Bokor National Park, built during the French Colonial era, Kampot, Cambodia, Southeast Asia
by Mary Ann Manahan
Foreign acquisitions of agricultural lands in Asia and elsewhere have been a focus of concern for many actors and interest groups. This has put land-rights issues and investments in agriculture back onto the global development agenda. This article reviews the recent wave of global land grabbing in Asia, involving commercial transactions and deals around large-scale agricultural land acquisitions for the production, sale, and export of food and agrofuels. At the core of this process, the paper argues, is the transformation and changing role of the state from being an independent governing body into a capitalist body. As a result, national laws have been modified to protect capital, and the interests of the government and private companies are merged as their collusion becomes closer.