Hello, Shadowlands: Inside Southeast Asia’s Organised Crime Wave (Paperback)
Your Guide to Meth Fiefdoms, Terrorised Party Towns and Other Places You'll Probably Never Visit
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Hello, Shadowlandsis the story of Southeast Asia’s anarchic
enclaves and their hidden connections to the West.
There is no better place to observe the clash between
old codes and the pressures of the 21st century
than on the darker parts of the map, beyond the tourist trail, where armed
Spanning Thailand’s insurgency zone to the
swamplands of Vietnam, investigative journalist Patrick
Winn spent two years travelling amongst the lives of those bound by hard
truths. These are places where, in the absence of law, ordinary people must
summon brilliant ingenuity to survive.
The book penetrates the worlds of Islamic
crust punks, dog thief syndicates, North Korean restaurateurs and others
chasing fortunes in the shadows.
These characters aren’t
just tormented by local tyrants. Their lives are also complicated by greater
forces — especially
Western conglomerates or old U.S. foreign policy misdeeds, still reverberating
through the region.
in the shadowlands isn’t always ponderous: from the
guerrilla fiefdoms of Myanmar to punk-rock squat houses in Aceh, humour can
still flourish, and Hello Shadowlands is the most accessible guide yet to these
bleakly dangerous places.
Patrick Winn is an award-winning American journalist who covers crime in Southeast Asia. His work has appeared on NBC News, The Atlantic, the BBC and other outlets.
Currently the Asia correspondent for Public Radio International, each week Winn’s voice is heard by millions on NPR stations. Since 2008, he has lived in Bangkok and reported almost exclusively on Southeast Asia.