The Grand Strategy of Sang Kancil

by Shaun Tan

One animal and only one is known as the trickster of the Malaysian jungle. Scarcely a foot tall, the small brown oval of his body supported by pencil-thin legs, Sang Kancil The Mousedeer seems jittery and pathetic. But underestimate him at your own risk, for behind his doe-like face and black-bead eyes lurks a matchless intelligence. He is the animal of twists and turns, the deer of many devices, he is wily and cunning and none can resist his silver tongue.

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Asia’s New Elite

by Shaun Tan

Note: The following was written as the final paper for a class at Yale.

“Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two; one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.” – Plato, The Republic

It can be said that the walls around gated communities mark the borders of a foreign country. Of course, not all exclusive neighborhoods are surrounded by walls – many are not – but the effect is largely the same. Within these neighborhoods live many of the countries’ elite, ensconced within their own bubbles with their own sets of rules. Continue reading “Asia’s New Elite”