Foreign Correspondence

Vietnam’s Urban Poor

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Vietnam has the highest urbanization rate in Southeast Asia. Just a decade ago, only 24% of its population lived in cities, with 65% of the labor force employed in rural agriculture. […]


Cambodian Land Grab

ASIAWATCH — Phnom Penh is waving in investors who buy up massive plots, forcing locals out of their homes and into gruelling, low-paid factory jobs. And as a recent conference on the problem made clear, […]

Foreign Correspondence

Farmers Protest in Burma

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Last month, about 200 farmers from three townships in rural Yangon did something that was until very recently impossible in Burma: they staged a legal protest, demanding that their land, confiscated […]