Mac and Her Dudes
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BOOK REVIEW

Mac and Her Dudes


By JIM ANDREWS APRIL, 2010 - VOLUME 18 NO.4


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When one of the group has difficulty explaining to her the animist belief in the mystical powers of chicken bones he resorts in frustration to modern technology and gives her a power point presentation.

One exercise required her students to make a list of the subjects she could video for them on her return to the US—“things they’d heard of but never seen.”

Three items dominated that list: clubs, strippers and city skyscrapers!

A natural enough request, one supposes, from a group of inquisitive young fellows, but in the context of McClelland’s book it acquires an aching poignancy—summing up the fenced-in existence of so many displaced Karen denied access to a world we take for granted.



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Charles F. Wrote:
09/04/2010
This book should be read by anyone wanting a better understanding of the refugee crisis in Thailand, as well as the reasons for it.
McClelland has an easy style to her writing that carries you along with her on her adventure.

The important thing about this book is that McClelland makes the case against the Burmese junta far better than some of the official pronouncements coming out of the various capitols.

And don't forget to read the footnotes.

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