Southeast Asia

by Kandice M , Nick C, Laura W, Abby C, Lizzy L


Speaker: Cornel West

Occasion: A political cartoon for the book Democracy Matters

Audience: Anybody with access to this cartoon who would like to learn more about colonizing.

Subject: This cartoon shows America (on the left) gambling with other countries for different colonies, such as South East Asia. 'A Quiet Little Game' probably refers to The Great Game that happened after the Crimean War and this cartoon also shows how the colonies were not respected as they were being used as playing chips by more powerful countries. It also shows how European countries and America thought that they were better than their colonies.

Tone: Anger, frusteration


France, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Thailand


Imperialism had a lot of negative effects on Southeast Asia and those included a system of dependency. The Indians became heavily dependent on the British for their success. However, the Indians freedom of speech and association were stifled by the British and this phenomena is rampant in the India society today as well.

One positive impact would be on the economic development.


New colonial administrations changed traditional political units in India British rulers worked with the local rulers to meet their goals. Colonizers often defined the borders of their new colonies without an understanding of the local political or ethnic situations. Colonized people took on European ideas of nationalism and agitated for for their own independence.


  • It's usually warm, humid tropics, and its climate generally can be characterized as monsoonal.
  • The climate in Southeast Asia is mainly hot and humid all year round with rainfall.


To meet the export goals of their colonial rulers, colonized people often grew cash crops instead of food. As they became a part of a money economy some colonized people were forced to work for their colonial rulers so that they could pay their taxes. Imports of a machine made good destroy indigenous cottage industries.


In 1972, for the first time in history concrete environmental policy goals and objectives were produced. In 1992, the Rio Declaration reaffirmed the commitments made in Stockholm and established new levels of cooperation among States and key sectors of societies. Southeast Asian nations encourage political actions in favor of economic growth, they struggle to promote sustainable development approaches.