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Mar 24, 2017

Journalist David Eimer likes to go places other people don't, or can't. One of more fascinating places he's found himself in is the notorious Golden Triangle in Myanmar (Burma), one of the world's centers of illegal opium and methamphetamine production. How he got there is a story in itself.

In 2012, David settled into the Xishuangbanna region of southern China to explore how the ethnic culture of the region, famed across China, is preserved in the shadows of mass tourism. Later, in a superb example of participatory journalism, he imitated his neighbors in an illegal river crossing into Burma. Smuggling is one of the major economic activities in the region, and David felt he could never truly understand where he was if he always followed the official rules.