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review For Us Surrender is Out of the Question 100 À There are bad things going on in Burma that you don’t know about There’s a civil war the world’s longest running in fact raging between the government and ethnic rebels Much of the United States’ heroin comes from there And there’s the small matter that America helped make it alKnow any of this because Burma is a country nearly shut out from the rest of the world with the only footage of the carnage coming via groups of young tough booze loving refugees who run into war zones to collect it And with these refugees is where we find Mac McClelland embedded in her staggering debut For Us Surrender Is Out of the uestion McClelland weaves a narrative that i. Mac McClelland is a bad ass About that there is no debateOn a whim she emailed a refugee group working with the Karen people on the border of Burma and Thailand With barely than a vague emailed acceptance she traveled half way around the world to see what she could and do what she couldOther journalists have taken on a similar task Phil Thornton wrote about some of the same subjects in his 2006 book Restless Souls But he wore his privilege easily never really uestioning his own parasitic relationship with the refugees using them to tell and sell stories McClelland is much introspective than that uestioning her own privilege and generally her place in the world of the illegal refugees with whom she is working Unlike Thornton's narrative which as I recall as too satisfied with itself the problem with McClelland's is that she opens up too many boxes which makes her narrative scattered It is fascinating at times but never ultimately satisfyingBurma as she knows is a shot show ruled by a horrible military junta that oppresses most of its people especially the ethnic Karen which is why so many have fled to Thailand which accepts them but with no great enthusiasm They are housed there according to minimal standards set up by the UN which leaves them with basically no options We learn late in the book that one of the protagonists was a meth head for a long time simply because of the boredom bred by being int he camp not allowed to work to travel to even leave the camp what else was there to doHe became a terroristWhich is to say that he started helping the Karen resistance which is officially listed as a terrorist organization He himself would say he was a freedom fighter as would all those other with whom he worked This is another set of uestions McClelland raises but doesn't uite answer what counts as a terrorist What does that word even mean anyShe also raises uestions about sexuality she herself is bisexual which is scandalous to the Karen most of whom are fundamentalist Christian and there is an underlying erotics of the house in which she is staying staffed almost exclusively by young men and at the time occupied by McClelland and another American female volunteer The two groups are curious about how sex works in each other's community and there is some experimentation all of it tameThere is also a lot of drinking which McClelland doesn't really analyze but would seem to be related to the constant terror of the lives the refugees are leading having left the camp to work with the resistance they are officially illegal and are constantly harassed by Thai police most of whom are simply looking for a bribe although sometimes they do deport Karen back to BurmaThe story also touches on religious evangelism as there is a group of Christian rangers working the border against the Burmese Junta This is a weird section of the narrative this investigation of the rangers and never feels as though it is fully integratedThe best bits are the stories of the individual refugee workers their sad and yet valiant histories And their pathetic unfortunate endings after spending most of the book saying they wanted to work for the Karen by 2008 almost all of them have moved to other countries as few to the US after Condoleeza Rice softened anti terrorism laws There they were still bored still poor but also at loose ends their motivations goneAlong with this the book is god at showing how policy decided at the highest levels such as the Patriot Act or UN mandates gets translated into very personal storiesThe writing has a bit of Hunter S Thompson too it though with much conscience which shows what a bad ass she is her willingness to expose her emotions as well as herself in this foreign world The prose though suffers at time and could have used some boiling down There's also probably too much history of Burma here which further diffuses the central narrativeAs a story of being a bad ass and as a first book this is great and I think McClelland will go on to even better heights

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S part investigative journalism part popular history and part memoir of a Midwestern twentysomething girl living with refugee activists on the Burma Thailand border Driven by the community McClelland is illegally aiding a small group of brave young men and women For Us Surrender Is Out of the uestion is an urgent and fascinating look at a weary conflict told by a bright new voi. Entertaining and well researched and reported account of the mostly ignored oppression and genocide going on in Burma and along its border with Thailand Covering death and abject poverty with a raw sense of humor and self awareness isn't easy but McClelland plunges readers into the chaos of ethnic Karen refugees trying to survive and document the crimes against their people with a deft and even light hearted approach that mixes in humor history and cross cultural misunderstandings with the crushing reality of the overarching political situation McClelland has landed herself in stickier situations since but this book shows the roots of her fearless and filter less reporting on underexposed topics

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For Us Surrender is Out of the QuestionThere are bad things going on in Burma that you don’t know about There’s a civil war the world’s longest running in fact raging between the government and ethnic rebels Much of the United States’ heroin comes from there And there’s the small matter that America helped make it all possible with overt funding and the CIA’s very first secret war Of course you wouldn’t. Really liked this one The book was well balanced between facts about Burma and Karen life and the narrator's own work at BA Reading it flew by