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Nov. 2 2009 - 9:07 am | 6 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

“Reality Channel Asia”

What if reality shows were based on actual reality? And what if that reality were the world of foreign affairs, development and aid?  Below are some possible show ideas.

Co-authorship and credit for the concept goes to my friend and colleague Craig Knowles.

THE BIGGEST GAINER — Which refugee has been carbo-stacking?

PROJECT HILLTRIBE — It’s auf wiedersehen Vientiane for one ethnic designer!

SO YOU THINK U.N. CAN DANCE — The much-anticipated semi-final delayed pending 16 conference calls.

AMAZING RACE MYANMAR — Trouble for guest judge Aung San Suu Kyi as 11 teams compete to sail canoes across Inye Lake.

NGO IDOL –With just five weeks remaining, who cares?

TRADING PLACES — A Bangladeshi slum family struggles in their Phuket mansion, while life in a cardboard box isn’t the cakewalk this ex-pat family imagined.

THE APPRENTICE – WORLD BANK – It’s a race to the finish line as competitors ignore institutional corruption while handing out billions of dollars in loans! Whose team will default first?

PUNK’DISTAN –  An explosive outcome for our team to punk warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum about his cut in Afghan heroin trade.

BIG BROTHER – PATPONG  -  Drunken tourist Michele wins “Head of the Brothel” after backpacker Natalie refuses to tell businessman David that 16 year-old Noi from Isaan is in fact a lady-boy.

JON AND KATE PLUS AID – With an international conference looming, Jon and Kate struggle to finish their report on harmonizing donor practices for the implementation of effective aid delivery mechanisms.

TEMPTATION ISLAND – PAKISTAN – Confusion ensues when the Couple Men can’t tell apart the burqa-clad Single Girls.

SURVIVOR – FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB  – a Reuters reporter wins the Immunity Idol avoiding this week’s round of layoffs, while competition grows for dwindling resources for correspondents in the Murdoch tribe.


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    I'm a freelance journalist and writer who has recently returned to the US after 17 years living overseas, primarily in Southeast Asia.

    In 1992, I went to Cambodia – then at the height of the UNTAC peacekeeping mission - to cut my teeth on journalism.

    ….I was in Hong Kong, for the 1997 Handover to Chinese rule; and then it was off to

    …..Indonesia - for the fall of President Suharto in 1998, through the the reformasi movement; the East Timor conflict, its independence ballot and peacekeeping mission; the fallout from September 11th in “the world’s most populous Muslim nation” and the Bali bomb, and myriad points in-between during a five and a half year span;

    …. and onwards to India, where I was Voice of America radio/television correspondent for South Asia between 2003 and 2006, which included rotations in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with my “patch” of India, including Kashmir; Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

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