Synopsis by Sally Barber
Slow Boat From Surbaya is a six-part series exploring the influences of Western, Islamic, Indian, and Chinese cultures on South East Asia. It delves into cultural complexities and the unique synergy generated from the region's rich past and dynamic present. Volume five, Rich, Clever, Homeless, examines the strange destiny of overseas Chinese. Unable to return to their native land, communist China, they are left to forge a life out of their unique dynamism and shrewd business acumen. Also explored are the inequalities Malaysian Chinese experience. Other programs in the series are Post Colonial Waltz, Diplomatic Thais, Filipinas -- The Women of the Phillipines, Five Faces of God, and Red Pride, Red Sorrow.