These sounds were recorded in Mae Sot on the Thai side of the Thai / Burma border. Mae Sot is a popular destination for those wishing to escape Burma, as well as for international volunteers wishing to help the people of Burma. The people I talked to in this podcast came from Europe, North America, Burma and it's associated ethnic states. This is a town of intense desperation, hope, struggle, perseverance, and a place of metamorphosis where people of these different cultures find new ways of living (sometimes by choice, sometimes out of neccessity). I tried to capture the spirit of this town by asking a few of these people how it is they came there, and what it is they are doing to try and make their lives better.
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