Having described the diversity and inequalities in the Mekong Region, it should also be pointed out that there are some important similarities that should also be mentioned. These similarities result from both commonality of institutional features and, also, similarities in the demand factors of many of the local people. Benedict Anderson, one of the more well-known writers on the subject of Southeast Asia, described the similarities (slightly flippantly) as uxorilocality (i.e. men go to live with their wives’ families) and a taste for fermented fish sauce.
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