“Within the space of a few kilo­me­tres, millions of lives tangle them­selves to­gether, from door­way to drive­way to sub­way to sleep”

Southeast Asia Globe - - Editorial - Dene Mullen, ed­i­tor in chief Send your com­ments to [email protected]­me­di­aa­sia.com

There is some­thing al­most un­real about cities. Within the space of a few kilo­me­tres, millions of lives tangle them­selves to­gether like some great silk skein, stretch­ing from door­way to drive­way to sub­way to sleep. Lean­ing to­gether on the train, count­less com­muters stare un­see­ing into space, de­ter­mined not to meet one an­other's eyes. Foot­paths van­ish be­neath the weight of hawk­ers and buskers and prophets and thieves scream­ing to be heard over the roar of 10,000 metal throats. Blacked­out Bent­leys crawl through crowded streets past of­fice blocks and open sew­ers. Beg­gars hunch in the shadow of sky­scrapers.

This month, cities are our thing: where they are go­ing, how we will live in them and, per­haps most im­por­tantly, what needs to hap­pen to cope with the re­gion's in­cred­i­ble lev­els of ur­ban­i­sa­tion. This co­in­cides with our an­nual Cam­bo­dian prop­erty spe­cial, which will be dis­trib­uted along­side the Globe and looks into how the

cap­i­tal of Ph­nom Penh can be de­vel­oped with its in­hab­i­tants in mind, hears about the ben­e­fits of for­ward-think­ing of­fice de­sign and finds out what is in store for the coun­try's beach town of Si­hanoukville.

Else­where this month we look into the social im­pact of re­venge porn, a craze that has been sweep­ing In­done­sia and can play havoc with vic­tims' lives due to the coun­try's in­creas­ingly con­ser­va­tive at­ti­tudes and its baf­fling pornog­ra­phy law (page 50). We also in­ves­ti­gate the im­pact that social me­dia has had on the il­le­gal trade in wildlife – long a scourge of South­east Asia, but now bol­stered by a com­bi­na­tion of new on­line means of do­ing busi­ness and the un­wit­ting par­tic­i­pa­tion of social me­dia users (page 56). Fi­nally, we profile Lat­iff Mo­hidin, one of the re­gion's great­est artists, who has just be­come the first South­east Asian to be fea­tured at the famed Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre's In-Fo­cus Gallery in Paris (page 72).

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