This article first appeared in our January 2010 issue.
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we put together for you in this issue some of our most memorable articles.
Although Penang has long been a trading, educational and industrial hub, what makes its cosmopolitanism unique was the fact that it was at the fringe of Big Power influence. The frontier atmosphere fostered a strong sense of independence and its distance from power fostered a distrust of government. This was the case even in the middle of the 19th century, as seen in the legacy of James Logan.
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