BY MITALI PERKINS
WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS: CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING, 2010
272 PAGES, ISBN-10: 1580893287, HARDBACK
Bamboo People is a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys caught up in the Burmese government’s brutal regime and its systematic repression of ethnic minority groups. The story touches upon each boy’s struggle to maintain a sense of morality, identity, and compassion in a world filled with cruelty and injustice. It is a tale that addresses current conditions of human rights abuse and inequality inside Burma; it would be an effective novel to use in the classroom to engage and teach about these issues while bringing a greater understanding of Burma and mainland Southeast Asia to young adults.