The Great Hill Stations of Asia


For Europeans & later Americans, the civil administrator & his clerk, the merchant & 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 & 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, & 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-& tourists from around the world-have rediscovered these little towns with their parish churches, libraries, & flower gardens & 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 & the words of those who created & visited them over the years. Contents: How It All Began. The Hills of Pakistan. An Indian Sextet. Sri Lanka's Tea Country. Forgotten Burma. A Malaysian Mix. Dutch Indonesia. Rebirth in Vietnam. Philippines Americana.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1998


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