Western tourists who busk on the train, sell postcards on the street for small change or openly ask for donations to help fund their travels are a common sight in Southeast Asia. The phenomenon is known as "begpacking" and draws scorn from locals, who see the tourists as taking advantage of those living in countries where the typical take-home pay is often significantly lower.

A video of a pair of Westerners performing "Twist and Shout" on a train in Singapore went viral in late May. In our show this week, our Observer in Malaysia tells us about why "begpacking" is an "abuse" of Asian culture.