Travel Blog

Things I have observed in my world travels.

TOKYO–What Changes?

MAY 2007 — The eternal question about Tokyo and Japan is, “What has changed?” The Imperial Palace still dominates the heart of Tokyo, and I ran around it, just as I did when I spent so much time in Japan in 1989. I always think of the palace as a symbol—at the heart of the […]

Read full article ">Hong Kong Rides The Dragon

MAY 2007 — I’m settled in, in Business Class, on a Malaysian Airline flight from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur. I just asked my flight attendant where she is from. Borneo. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone from Borneo. (I would guess she has some Chinese blood; she doesn’t look like a full-blooded Malay.) […]

Read full article ">Malaysia–A Unique Brand of Islam

APRIL 2007 — I had remembered Malaysia from our visit in the 1980-81 time frame as being quite interesting because of its ethnic mix. It’s a place where you can sense the clash of civilizations. The Malays are the dominant grouping, with about two-thirds of the population of about 20 million. The Chinese, who came […]
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