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

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

Sagaing Hill

Sagaing was an ancient capital of the Burmese Kingdom, but today people visit the Sagaing Hill to see the golden and white pagodas dotted along the hill. The area is very foggy, so views from a distance of the hill aren’t great, but some of the pagodas are worth seeing. Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda … More Sagaing Hill

Mandalay-Home of the Last Burmese King

The last Burmese king was King Thibaw who lived at Mandalay Palace. The British navigated the Irrawaddy River and captured Mandalay fairly effortlessly during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. King Thibaw was exiled to Ratnagiri India. During colonial rule, the Burmese viewed Mandalay as a city rich with culture and Buddhism, and the city housed many … More Mandalay-Home of the Last Burmese King