- Apr 2015
- Philadelphia, Pennysylvania, USA
You can choose which southeast Asian countrythe most stable southeast Asian country. It can be from economy, human health, education, etc
And replaced them with supremacist racist colonizer Imperialists from Japan, one might say.All South Eastern countries except Thailand were colonized for the last 500 years or so until Japan kicked out the white supremacists racist colonizer Imperialists from White Europe, these countries became countries.
Note: These are merely what I have observed as a local Singaporean of Chinese descent who had lived here in Southeast Asia all my life, and having travelled to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia.You can choose which southeast Asian countrythe most stable southeast Asian country. It can be from economy, human health, education, etc
Indeed, both Singapore and Brunei are far richer than their Southeast Asian counterparts with Singapore alone having the world's 9th highest GDP per capita at US$56,319 and Brunei having the world's 25th highest GDP per capita at US$36,606.The most stable Southeast Asian country is, without a doubt, Singapore. The other can be Brunei.
Neutral party?Note: These are merely what I have observed as a local Singaporean of Chinese descent who had lived here in Southeast Asia all my life, and having travelled to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia.
I believe the most stable Southeast Asian country in the past few centuries would be Thailand, it was the only independent Southeast Asian country whereas other countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and the Philippines were all colonized by the French, Dutch, British and the Spanish respectively.
Thailand might not have been the strongest country in Southeast Asia throughout the past few centuries; and neither is it the richest, but the sheer fact that they even managed to escape Japanese occupation by playing the "neutral party" shows how far they have come.
Not many people are aware of the fact that the Thais are in fact Tai-Kadai speaking migrants who came from Southern China more than 800 years ago owing to the Mongol invasion - most of them have gradually adopted various aspects of the mighty Khmer Empire which eventually weakened due to the increasing competition in the area.
In fact, even today, basic vocabulary in the Thai language is still somewhat mutually intelligible with some dialects of Zhuang (壯語) spoken in Southern China's Guangxi Province (廣西省) bordering Vietnam.
The first Tai-Kadai speakers who arrived in Southeast Asia split off to form three main groups - the Southern/Central Thais who make up the vast majority of Thais in Southeast Asia today, the Northern Thais who set up their own independent kingdom (Lanna) and the Lao who set up the kingdom of Lan Xang.
In between the 1500s and 1700s, Myanmar was the strongest country with the Toungoo Empire becoming the largest ever kingdom in Southeast Asia by land size - surpassing that even of the Khmer Empire, but this was short-lived when the British colonized Myanmar and governed it under British India.
Vietnam was definitely one of the most unstable countries in Southeast Asia with the Chinese incorporating Vietnam as a part of China for a total of 1104 years throughout 4 periods of occupation known as Bac Thuoc (北屬), and they were later colonized by the French and occupied by the Japanese after their short date with independence before Civil War broke out between the communists in North Vietnam and the American-occupied south.
In conclusion, I'd say that both Myanmar and Cambodia were the strongest Southeast Asian countries in terms of expanding their empire and developing their culture; but these two countries have fallen short of their neighbors in recent years owing to political upheavals and oppressive regimes taking hold within the country.
|Similar History Discussions||History Forum||Date|
|Is live and let live an inherently unstable ideological arrangement?||Philosophy / Sociology|
|Poll:Most stable Southeast Asian country||Southeast Asian History|
|Stable political systems emerge from substructural systems||History Blogs|
|Equites Stablesiana||Ancient History|