This edition: Maritime Southeast Asia
Two case studies of economic and cultural change. The first focuses on the growing importance of tourism in Indonesia, particularly on the island of Bali. Indonesia consists of more than 13,000 islands, and its 200 million people represent a mix of cultures and religions. Though Muslims predominate throughout the country, Bali is largely Hindu, and 70% of the local people depend on tourism for their livelihood. But economic progress has eroded the traditional Balinese lifestyle and culture. The second case study shows how Malaysia, one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse countries in the world, is succeeding both economically and culturally by implementing policies that foster mutual understanding and respect.