Woke memes for Burmese teens: A Q&A with Baelachaung

In a little over a month, a mysterious Instagram account called baelachaung has attracted over 1,000 followers to its seemingly endless stash of incisive memes about the paradoxes of Myanmar urban life. From smug expats to flashy fuckboys to parents who just don’t understand the generation they’ve produced, no one is spared from baelachaung’s wit. The two Yangon-bred ladies who ...

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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...

Q&A: Longyi Brothers founder Phil Koo braves the fine line between appreciation and appropriation

Q&A: Longyi Brothers founder Phil Koo braves the fine line between appreciation and appropriation

Seeing a late-night infomercial-style video about the longyi – a long, cylindrical skirt worn by a majority of people in Myanmar – somehow seems both surprising and...

Q&A: Women’s self-defense entrepreneur Evelyn Yu Yu Swe says you don’t need to be super-strong to fight harassment

Q&A: Women’s self-defense entrepreneur Evelyn Yu Yu Swe says you don’t need to be super-strong to fight harassment

Over the last two years, the Myanmar Women’s Self-Defense Center has grown from a business idea with no budget to an institution that has imparted basic self-defense skills to...

No regrets: Journalist Aung Naing Soe reflects on life after prison

No regrets: Journalist Aung Naing Soe reflects on life after prison

People around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief on Dec. 29, when three journalists and their driver were released from Myanmar’s Yamethin Prison. They had...

Newly-minted world champ Aung La N Sang hopes to unite Myanmar through martial arts 

Newly-minted world champ Aung La N Sang hopes to unite Myanmar through martial arts 

By Maung Zarni Burmese dissident Maung Zarni tells the inspirational story of his fellow countryman, who is fighting to unite the nation It is instinctive for people to look for...

RTH Head Tea Mixologist Aung Zin Moe on the science behind a perfect cup of la phet yay

RTH Head Tea Mixologist Aung Zin Moe on the science behind a perfect cup of la phet yay

“I recently gave a new staff member an order that came from a real table of customers. I was watching what he did. When he pulled the tea, he only pulled it once for the first...

What happens when two Mon ladies from Thailand visit the land of their ancestors?

What happens when two Mon ladies from Thailand visit the land of their ancestors?

Aree and Sanga Selakoon are sisters from Ratchaburi province in Thailand. They grew up in Thailand, and Sanga still lives there, in her hometown of Ban Pong, where she gardens the...

Why isn’t Myanmar killing the coffee game? An interview with the coffee Genius

Why isn’t Myanmar killing the coffee game? An interview with the coffee Genius

Genius Shan Highlands Coffee founder Ngwe Tun discusses organic coffee growing, marketing, and the challenges for Myanmar’s coffee industry. By Phyo Thiha Cho / Myanmar Now...

Working with monasteries, one local organization is educating communities on how to care for their strays

Working with monasteries, one local organization is educating communities on how to care for their strays

Stray dogs are a common sight around Myanmar, including Yangon. While there is no way to gauge exactly how many stray dogs roam the city, a Guardian article from earlier this year...


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