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Barbara Crossette

Author of The Great Hill Stations of Asia

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Barbara Crossette
Booknotes, Sunday, August 23, 1998
Barbara Crossette discusses The Great Hill Stations of Asia.

For Europeans and later Americans, the civil administrator and his clerk, the merchant and the missionary, daily life was less a matter of advancing the glory of God or empire than a daily battle for physical survival. Throughout Asia, colonialists established "hill stations" as cool retreats from unfamiliar and often unhealthy climes in which they were attempting to govern. Constructed to look like "home," these hill stations became targets for nationalistic disparagement when the countries became independent. In recent years, however, the hill stations of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines have been reclaimed by the newly rich, who have benefited from Asia's increasing economic prominence. The Great Hill Stations of Asia, written by veteran journalist Barbara Crossette, who has spent years covering Asia, chronicles the legacy of the hill stations. With colonialism now history, the people who inherited them and tourists from around the world have rediscovered these little towns with their parish churches, libraries, and flower gardens and are remaking them in new images. Part armchair travel, part political history, part social commentary, The Great Hill Stations of Asia is the first look across Asia to tell the story of these charming hill stations, often through the eyes and the words of those who created and visited them over the years. How It All BeganThe Hills of PakistanAn Indian SextetSri Lanka's Tea CountryForgotten BurmaA Malaysian MixDutch IndonesiaRebirth in VietnamPhilippines Americana —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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