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Tea Leaves

In praise of Southeast Asia's independent booksellers

Region's struggling community of quirky bookstores keep cultural creativity alive

Gerakbudaya Bookshop, in Penang, Malaysia, is one of Southeast Asia's "destination" bookstores. (Photo by Kit Yeng Chan)

I fondly remember back in 2007, when I was still new to Asia, how I would go to a special place in Chiang Mai's Soi Ratchaphruek after each of my "maiden expeditions" into the surrounding remote hill tribe territory.

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