The Newsletter 88 Spring 2021

Commodities, credit and luxury consumer goods. Insights into the structures that shape economic life in Southeast Asia

Su-Ann Oh

Looking at Milo Dinosaur (a quintessentially Singaporean drink), the Musang King durian (the most sought after variety from Malaysia), moneylending in Vietnam and the demand for luxury goods in Southeast Asia, researchers in the Regional Economic Studies Programme here at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute lay bare the structures that shape economic life in the region.

Through an examination of global chains, historical legacies, political economy, social relations and changing tastes brought about by the pandemic, they provide us with fascinating insights into the workings of commodity and credit markets in the region.  

Su-Ann OH, Visiting Fellow at ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute, Managing Editor of SOJOURN, and Regional Editor for The Newsletter