Democratization Only for the Bamar

As many know, starting in 2011, Myanmar began its democratization process. Since then many sanctions have been lifted and the country has seen improvements in social and economic development (albeit slower than anticipated). However, much of this improvement has only been realized for the Bamar majority, especially those living in the southern region of the … More Democratization Only for the Bamar


Immediately after landing in Yogyakarta, I could sense the relaxed vibe of the city. The area I stayed in had a backpacker feel, but walking a few blocks away you could escape from the more western oriented restaurants and bars. Visiting in March, it was during the rainy season, which I had not expected so … More Yogyakarta

A Step into a Futuristic City–Sinagpore

After some time in Southeast Asia, I was excited to visit Singapore to reap all of its modern amenities. I found the architecture of the skyscrapers throughout the city to be fascinating. Despite the stringent government regulations, I couldn’t help but awe at the transformation that the city has undergone over the past few decades. … More A Step into a Futuristic City–Sinagpore

Weight, Age, and Race in Myanmar–Small Talk

This has been something that I’ve been meaning to write about as it’s something that impacts me daily living in Myanmar. Here, discussions or observations about someone’s weight, age, and race are common place. They actually are topics of small talk with just about anyone–friends, strangers, taxi drivers, my students. From growing up in the … More Weight, Age, and Race in Myanmar–Small Talk