Getting Back on Our Feet, and with Back Held Straight

By Ooi Kee Beng

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DISASTERS – natural or manmade – tend to affect a limited geographical area.A typhoon cutting across the Philippines, like Typhoon Vongfong in May this year, may devastate thousands of lives but humans living elsewhere will know nothing about it apart from what they read or see in the news. The victims of the Fukushima triple disaster in 2011 were largely people living in the area. Nuclear spillage into the surrounding seas wrought damage further afield no doubt, but most humans...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: