Within the past decade a fresh interest has been shown in events within the countries of Burma, Siam, Malaya, French Indochina, the East Indies, and the Philippines – the region of Southeast Asia. Historians, anthropologists, economists, and political scientists as well as businessmen and newspaper columnists have shown a keen desire for more information and factual data regarding the peoples of this little-known portion of the Orient. To meet this demand books have been published in America and Europe which have brought to the consciousness of the people of this hemisphere the long-term significance of Southeast Asia and the intense drive which is in progress in the countries of that area for the attainment of independence and an honorable existence in the comity of nations. However, books, newspapers, and periodicals published in these countries are still coveted and are not easily obtained.

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