Attempting to Define Ethnic Group with Burmese Middle Schoolers

When teaching world history, there comes a point where defining ethnic group is important for understanding many civilizations.  However, defining ethnic group can be pretty tricky.  To start, we asked the seventh grade students to try to guess how to define ethnic group.  In Myanmar, the large ethnic groups are also states in the country. … More Attempting to Define Ethnic Group with Burmese Middle Schoolers

Finding American/Drip Coffee in Yangon

Surprisingly, in the Nawaday Street/Yaw Min Gyi Street area, it is not difficult to find American/drip style coffee.  You can even find cold brew! The cafes serving this style of coffee are clearly targeting the ex-pat community.  These cafes have a hipster, Brooklyn kind of vibe and pour their coffee into interesting vessels.  Here are … More Finding American/Drip Coffee in Yangon

Some Thoughts I’ve Had Since Moving to Yangon

Walking down the street everyone smiles or laughs at you.  I usually respond with a smile and/or wave. Trying to order or buy something in English requires all the staff to come and try to help.  I’m glad I’m learning Burmese. Carrying stacks of cash isn’t that strange because everyone has to; it’s a cash … More Some Thoughts I’ve Had Since Moving to Yangon