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by Ian Gordon Stewart


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Nanyang is a South-East Asian saga melding romance, adventure, drama, and history. It is an epic story spanning a period of 200 years, during which corrupt colonialists and venal indigenous leaders vied with Chinese immigrants to exploit the region's natural resources with little regard for the suffering of the rural poor. It was a time that saw the main European powers extend their rivalry from their immediate environs to India, South-East Asia and China, where there were strategic and economic prizes to be won.

A tale of love, tragedy, avarice and brutality, Nanyang - the Chinese name (Southern Ocean) for the region - begins in the mid seventeenth century, when Dutch soldiers and officials, sent by ship from Batavia to acquire laborers for the Java settlement, seize a young woman, Mei Ling, from a village in Fujian, China, along with scores of men. Seventeen-year-old Mei Ling is kidnapped at the behest of a lecherous Dutch official, who organizes a mutiny when the ship's captain places her under his protection.

Nanyang follows the adventures of Mei Ling and her brother, who sets out to rescue her, and their descendants amid land and sea battles of warring nations, natural disasters and rampant disease. The protagonists are caught up in historical events (in Europe as well as South-East Asia), in which notable English, Dutch and Javanese figures play their real-life roles. The story begins in China and ends soon after the founding of Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles, who features in the book along with other personalities of the period, including Horatio Nelson and Captain James Cook.

Nanyang now comes with a comprehensive guide to the book's fictional characters and historical figures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468153019
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 724
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.45(d)

About the Author

Ian Stewart was a foreign correspondent in Asia for 30 years, which included fifteen years reporting for The New York Times with Hong Kong as his base.
He began his career in Asia as a Reuters correspondent,
working for the agency in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong,
Malaysia and Indonesia and ended it as a freelance writer based first in Singapore and then Kuala Lumpur.
Mr Stewart is the author of five previously published works of fiction and one non-fiction book.

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