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The Golden Triangle: Inside Southeast Asia's Drug Trade

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The Golden Triangle region that joins Burma, Thailand, and Laos is one of the global centers of opiate and methamphetamine production. Opportunistic Chinese businessmen and leaders of various armed groups are largely responsible for the manufacture of these drugs. The region is defined by the apparently conflicting parallel strands of criminality and efforts at state ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Cornell University Press
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Aug 10, 2016 nick rated it really liked it
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Ko-Lin Chin book on the golden Triangle is one of those, “you think you have figured it out, but you really haven’t” kind of books. As the title makes clear it is a book on the drug trade in south-East Asia but that is not really true, the book is 9/10 on the Wa state (northern and southern both autonomous zones in Myanmar) it’s inhabitants and leaders part of the united Wa State army and their relation to the international multimillion dollar trade in opium, heroin and amphetamines and their ...more
Camille
Gets a 3.5 for being well researched, but poorly written/organized. Chin offers an extensive amount of research, including some studies and interviews he has conducted with the Wa people (but he does admit that his own research is limited in scope, and therefore not to be taken as authoritative or representative of conditions everywhere in the Wa area/Shan State).

However, Chin organizes the information pretty haphazardly and his writing tends to wander. He could have incorporated his personal r
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