Southeast Asia's Mercantile Microcosm

Penang: This island at the junction of the Andaman sea and the strait of Malacca is the living embodiment of a region united by water and trade. A smallish city and a province of Malaysia, it is a microcosm of an Asian inter-connectivity two millennia old. Its prosperity has lessons for a whole region seeking to keep growing through specialization, trade, the interchange of peoples - and ethnic and religious tolerance.

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