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By Joe Studwell Buy online: Some of the bigger names you may have heard of include Hong Kong property magnate Li Ka-shing and Malaysian hotels and plantations boss Robert Kuok. Studwell explores how these families slid quietly into their positions of economic power, largely thanks to the colonial and then post-colonial politics of the region. We couldn’t help thinking of the fictionalised account of some of these families in Crazy Rich Asians ; we strongly suggest reading them in conjunction with each other.

Against an illuminating historical backdrop, Studwell explodes various myths surrounding dtudwell rise of the often silent and reclusive tycoons. More was at play here, including a system that favoured political strongmen working in cahoots with a few trusted businessmen; one maintained power, the other made money. And readers will learn how tycoons have manipulated their images by creating rags-to-riches stories that are simply untrue, but help keep them cosseted in their bubbles of wealth.

Plenty has happened sinceand yet very little has changed when it comes to breaking up the conglomerates gpdfathers wield so much economic power in Southeast Asia. We’ve seen this book described as “the best business book about Southeast Asia ever written”, and although we don’t as a rule delve into business books this is more historical political economy we gofdathers this is probably a pretty spot-on description.

Asian Godfathers is a fine book to deepen, or kick-off, your understanding of Southeast Asia’s political economy. Where are you from? Subscribe to the Mekong Review Travelfish.

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia

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