south east asia. where the fuck is that?

ferrets's picture

nobody really cares about south east asia. i mean some people do, of course, but for U.S. society at large, its just like, what the fuck even is south east asia?
today i made a refrence to cambodia ot one of my friends, and they were like, cambodia? so i explained, that cambodia was part of southe east asia. there response was to the accord of "doesn't all of south east asia belong to australia or china?" its fucking weird to me, a relativley geographicley savvy person. i mean how can an entire region of the world be completley outside of the conscious of so many people? and i mean, we had a flippin bleed war in vietname only a few decades ago. surley we would remember where vietname bloody well is.
of course, no one know where iraq/afghanistan/iran are either, and thousands of our troops and local innocent civialians are dying in those places. no one knows where syria is, and that country is being torn apart by revolution and goverment retaliation.

a while back, there was this giant 'Kony 2012' thing, meant to help children in uganda. how many of those people who went hysterical over it at first, about how we need to stop kony, still have passion about it. i dont know about most places, but in my school there was about 5 days where people made a big deal about kony. everyone had on the wristbands for it, and wrote 'stop kony' on their arms, and there were even talks of settign up a 'anti kony assemble'. but after a week, i never heard mention of the bastard again. i every lost their drive so fast, its like they had this massive explosion of emotion, that burned hot and fierce, but also burned quick, and was out before they knew what happened. no one could be bothered for more then a week. people say americans are apethitic, but i dont agree. we burn fast and hard. we get crazy about something, for a short time, and we scream and kick and scratch and bite about whetever it is, but ultimatley we get tired out and stop once the first feelings of even the most minescule of inconviecnes arises. americans care deeply, we are an emotion driven people. the problem is we burn out to quickley, if we could sustain interest in things, maybe we would be able to get shit done.

dont burn hot and bright and short, my children, burn with a zeal that can be sustained forever.

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Dracofangxxx's picture

At least for me, a geographically inept person...

I know what the continents look like and the general places (europe, asia, the americas, etc) but I don't always know where each country is, just the general area of it. So like I can know Vietnam is in Asia, but not always WHERE it exactly is. My brain has no need nor interest to remember that, so I don't.
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swimmerguy's picture

I think it's weird...

I don't know how to describe it, it's like "I don't know whether to laugh or cry", because really, I don't.

Yeah, right. Kony? Who's that? Oh, child soldiers and shit that he's using?
But it's all just black people right? Or maybe brown people? Same thing, really, it doesn't matter.

Osama Bin Laden?! THAT FUCKER, HE ATTACKED US HERE IN 'MERICA! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DANCE AND FUCK ON HIS GRAVE THAT BASTARD HAHAHAHA!!!.
Kony was forgotten about in a few weeks, but Osama Bin Laden, we remembered him for 10 years and never stopped looking for him, because he killed 'mericans! 3000 of them? So what if Kony uses a few black child soldiers and has led to years of civil war and insurgency?

Who do you think is going to be the next international villain we have a fad about hating, then forget about? I think my money's on Joaquin Gusman, the Mexican drug lord of the Sinaloa Cartel, he's been first on the list of the World's most wanted since Bin Laden was killed.
Not that anything will really happen.

Or what about Aung San Suu Kyi? The Gandhi/Nelson Mandela of today? Does anyone even know who she is?
She's spent 15 of the last 21 years in house arrest in Burma as the opposition leader, fighting for democracy, and finally, winning. Once again, just brown people, what about us 'mericans?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5ghXdq6Z0&safe_search=on

lonewolf678's picture

Hmm,

When I think Southeast Asia, I tend to think of Indonesia, Philipines, et cetera.

MacAvity's picture

I know some things...

Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, probably a couple of others.... South of China, east of India, north of Indonesia. Don't know anything about what's going on there right now except that Thailand is the best off, but then again I don't know much about what's going on anywhere right now. I definitely want to go to Thailand someday, or maybe others.
I'd say I know about as much about Southeast Asia as about anywhere else I haven't been.

I didn't even hear about the Kony thing until after it had kind of blown over and everybody else already knew about it. Not sure how that happened. I do tend to be very clueless about what's going on right now.

javier's picture

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About the Kony thing, it's a little effect I call "the first world guilt." Let me explain:
Those, in first world countries, have many things others in under-privileged don't have like clean water, public education, a good house. So when they see a protest or movement growing that is meant to help these poor people, they join so they can think they're doing something good for others, so that they can seem to be like if they're good people. All they do is sign a petition on the internet and voila! You just helped someone.
P.s using children in wars has been going on for a long time, it's not something new. Hitler was the first to use children when he became desperate and it was clear he was going to lose.

ferrets's picture

i wouldn't say hitler was the first...

i would say that it is a practice almost as old as war.

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