DiscriMyanation: A high schooler’s perspective on bigotry in Burma

Racism, sexism, and homophobia are often accepted and even promoted by Myanmar’s older generations. It’s up to young people to stand up to it, even if that means correcting the people we love. “Daughter.” I glanced up from my phone, one hand on the doorknob. “You can’t wear that to tuition (after-school lessons). There are men there.” I ...

Columns

What it was like to escape the Kandawgyi Palace inferno

What it was like to escape the Kandawgyi Palace inferno

Bangkok resident David Powers, 40, his wife, and daughter were staying at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon last night while they visit friends here. In the early hours of the...

How Myanmar’s meme culture is opening young minds

How Myanmar’s meme culture is opening young minds

In a country that is remarkably sensitive to dissent, Myanmar’s teens are increasingly turning to one of the most irreverent forms of social critique to make their points...

The NLD is putting rights advocates on the visa blacklist and lying about it

The NLD is putting rights advocates on the visa blacklist and lying about it

by Mark Farmaner As part of its one-year review, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population announced this week that 275 people from Burma and 385 foreigners had been...

The unexpected origins of the controversial Myanmar word ‘kalar’

The unexpected origins of the controversial Myanmar word ‘kalar’

In a piece titled ‘Opening a Can of Worms in Burmese Teaching: Tackling Controversial Words in a Language Class‘ writer Kenneth Wong talks about the struggles of...

A Burmese repat reflects on dwindling tolerance in the region

A Burmese repat reflects on dwindling tolerance in the region

Lights of tolerant pluralism dim one by one in Asia, and Asians seem more certain of what divides them rather than what unites them.

Op-ed: Boom or bust for companies investing in a newly democratic Myanmar?

Op-ed: Boom or bust for companies investing in a newly democratic Myanmar?

Clear-headed judgments about the NLD’s capacity to govern are needed, says Trevor Wilson.

An everyday tale of corruption in Yangon

An everyday tale of corruption in Yangon

Could NLD fight end ‘tea money’ for govt services?

Delight and disquiet – mixed emotions on Myanmar’s historic day

Delight and disquiet – mixed emotions on Myanmar’s historic day

As a Myanmar citizen, I rejoiced at finally having a civilian president.

Op-ed: Shutting women out obstructs the path to peace in Myanmar

Op-ed: Shutting women out obstructs the path to peace in Myanmar

This article, by Jenny Hedström, was first written for New Mandala,  Australia’s premier website on Southeast Asia based at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific...


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