Jeff Howe, assistant professor in the School of Journalism, recently went on a month-long reporting trip to Burma and Thailand. GlobalPost published a five-part series featuring Howe and the photographer Gary Knight.
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE — This place has always served as a watery junction where human and physical geographies collide. Burma, Laos and Thailand all meet here, as do the great Mekong and its smaller tributary, the Ruak, which tumbles down out of the Shan Hills.
The confluence also served as GlobalPost’s base of operations in Southeast Asia, for the excellent reason that nowhere is China’s extensive influence in the region so starkly evident.
GlobalPost was looking to see how China is exerting itself here, how it is trying out a new kind of ‘soft power,’ a phrase coined by Harvard University Professor and retired US Navy Admiral Joseph Nye.