The Golden Triangle
Inside Southeast Asia's Drug Trade
By (author) Ko-lin Chin
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Golden Triangle by Ko-lin Chin
Book DescriptionThe 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 building, a tension embodied by a group of individuals who are simultaneously local political leaders, drug entrepreneurs, and members of heavily armed militias. Ko-lin Chin, a Chinese American criminologist who was born and raised in Burma, conducted five hundred face-to-face interviews with poppy growers, drug dealers, drug users, armed group leaders, law-enforcement authorities, and other key informants in Burma, Thailand, and China. The Golden Triangle provides a lively portrait of a region in constant transition, a place where political development is intimately linked to the vagaries of the global market in illicit drugs. Chin explains the nature of opium growing, heroin and methamphetamine production, drug sales, and drug use. He also shows how government officials who live in these areas view themselves not as drug kingpins, but as people who are carrying the responsibility for local economic development on their shoulders.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801475214
(229mm x 152mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 22-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ko-lin Chin
Selling Sex Overseas, Paperback (September 2012)
Probes the social, economic, and political organization of prostitution and sex trafficking
Heijin, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Ko-lin Chin
This work examines the structure and illegal activities of organized crime groups in Taiwan and explores the infiltration of crime groups into the business and political arenas. It looks at the intricate relationship among government officials, elected deputies, businessmen, and underworld figures.
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Author Biography - Ko-lin Chin
Ko-lin Chin is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is the author of several books, including Heijin: Organized Crime, Business, and Politics in Taiwan; Smuggled Chinese: Clandestine Immigration to the United States; and Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity.
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