Burmese Looking Glass: A Human Rights Adventure and a Jungle Revolution

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994 - 333 pages
As captivating as the most thrilling novel, Burmese Looking Glass tells the story of tribal peoples who, though ravaged by malaria and weakened by poverty, are unforgettably brave. Author Edith Mirante first crossed illegally from Thailand into Burma in 1983. There she discovered the hidden conflict that has despoiled the country since the close of World War II. She met commandos and refugees and learned firsthand the machinations of Golden Triangle narcotics trafficking. Mirante was the first Westerner to march with the rebels from the fabled Three Pagodas Pass to the Andaman Sea; she taught karate to women soldiers, was ritually tattooed by a Shan "spirit doctor," has lobbied successfully against U.S. government donation of Agent Orange chemicals to the dictatorship, and was deported from Thailand in 1988.
 

Contents

The Unsafe Path
3
Trouble in Arcadia
43
The Home of the Brave
69
The Land of the Tai
119
Down the Rabbit Hole
145
The Opera
191
Through the Looking Glass
207
A Radiant Obstacle
237
Kata
283
The Spiders Web
297
Afterword
327
Glossary of Ethnic Groups and Armed Forces
331
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