For ‘mixed-blood’ citizens, Yangon’s passport office is a racist hell

As dawn breaks over Yangon’s Passport Issuing Office, a throng of would-be globetrotters gathers in front of the squat Yankin Township building and snakes around the corner. Family members take turns holding spots in the queue while others nap in their cars. Parents buy snacks for restless children from the vendors lining the block. With ...

Karen rebels live and die waiting for a distant peace

Karen rebels live and die waiting for a distant peace

A few feet down an unmarked dirt road that diverges from the Kawkareik-Myawady road in southern Kayin State, I and the rest of the crew working on a documentary video about the...

How ecotourism at Indawgyi Lake is helping remote communities thrive

How ecotourism at Indawgyi Lake is helping remote communities thrive

Decades of isolation, neglect, and persecution have left the Shan communities on the shores of Indawgyi Lake short on opportunities and at odds with their own environment....

From the killing field to the courthouse: The unexplored story of Captain Moe Yan Naing

From the killing field to the courthouse: The unexplored story of Captain Moe Yan Naing

Police Captain Moe Yan Naing has been hailed as a hero for exposing the police plot to trap Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. What few have talked about – what...

One family, four countries — the dispossession of the Rohingya

One family, four countries — the dispossession of the Rohingya

It takes a few moments to sift through the years of chaos and dislocation before Rohingya refugee Robi Alam settles on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, August 2012, as the last...

Does Amnesty’s ARSA report prove anything?

Does Amnesty’s ARSA report prove anything?

A fissure that has long been forming within the Rohingya rights community was exposed this week when Amnesty International released a report that many found less than helpful to...

Leeds United should win new fans without ‘shaking hands with killers’

Leeds United should win new fans without ‘shaking hands with killers’

After a failed effort at football diplomacy, Rohingya Football Club founder Muhammad Noor has learned that the only way to end the oppression of his people is...

Mission Not Accomplished: How the status quo could bring back Yangon’s great garbage fire

Mission Not Accomplished: How the status quo could bring back Yangon’s great garbage fire

On the final day of the battle against the Htein Bin fire, firefighters and city officials expressed their disapproval of the conditions that created the blaze. However, they...

Yangon’s great garbage fire fueled by folly

Yangon’s great garbage fire fueled by folly

A lack of long-term government planning created the conditions for the Htein Bin landfill fire, and the effort to extinguish it is probably making things worse. From a distance,...

Burmese refugee’s remains discovered in US river, strangers team up to bring them home

Burmese refugee’s remains discovered in US river, strangers team up to bring them home

It took one person to strip Phyu Phyu Aye of her dignity and an unexpected, international network of total strangers to restore it. A month ago, on the morning of March 29,...


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Coconuts Yangon Features

Features are among our favorite things to publish here at Coconuts Yangon, mainly because they allow us to delve deep into a really cool/exciting/interesting aspect of life in Yangon or Myanmar in general. Although our daily news updates are sharp and generally designed to be read while on the go, our features are where readers come when they’re sitting back with a nice cup of tea and want to read some in-depth pieces that aren’t always necessarily timely, but are all equally engaging and thought-provoking. If you have a really large chunk of free time on your hands, take a look through our dedicated ‘Long Reads’ section where the articles may be long (who would’ve thunk), but they’re also so fascinating that you’ll be too engrossed by the research to pay attention to the length. In the past, we’ve interviewed people who are working to preserve the city’s rich heritage, investigated what’s prompting Myanmar youth to ditch their chosen English names for their given Myanmar ones, and published unique op-eds on a range of topics by individuals from various fields — and there are still loads more pieces that we’re currently working on and even more that we’re planning on working on. Regardless of whether it falls under the topic of art, history, science, sports, or literally anything else, if it pertains to Myanmar and is something we ourselves would like to read, then we’re writing it. Conversely, if there’s a piece that you’d like to read that no local media, including ourselves, has written, feel free to send us a pitch. In the meantime, make a cup of yay nway gyan, settle down, and happy reading!