The Mae La Blues

A pause in time

by Daniel Opacki Writing Creative Non-fiction, or Narrative Non-fiction, is not easy. For some people who occasionally pop in to see this blog hidden away online, you may know I’m writing about my experiences while in Burma. I began writing in a half-hearted more-like fiction narrative that I thought was non-fiction but in fact, I…
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Five hundred days in shackles and fetters in a Burmese prison

by Daniel Opacki In 1987 the Burmese junta devalued Burma’s currency causing a major disruption in the lives of most Burmese people. Imagine waking up one morning to find out a great deal of your hard cash was worthless. This is what instigated a small group of Botany students at Rangoon University to hold protest…
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Christmas Eve at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Rangoon 2010

Around the Christmas and New Year holiday season most most schools close for a week or more and generally many people use the time for retreats to monasteries, to Golden Rock, the beach or, for expats, trips upcountry or away from Myanmar altogether. Arriving and chatting outside St. Mary’s Singing “Holy Night” under candlelight The…
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When home feels like Burma

After quite a long absence from Burma, for good reason, I’m beginning to wish I were now there.  Finally I’ve returned to Massachusetts for what may be a long stay. The one good thing about being here, other than personal reasons, is the Internet. It’s pretty damned good compared to Burma and Laos.  Time here…
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A magical night in Rangoon – January 12, 2012

by Daniel Opacki On January 12, 2012 the underground group Burma Prisoners of Conscience held a welcoming party called We Are Flying to Be Free at Sein Le Supi Park at Inya Lake in Rangoon. The now disbanded group comprised of some ex-political prisoners in Rangoon who assisted the families of XPP’s and eventually newly…
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Scenes of life in Myanmar (after some thoughts about other things)

by Daniel Opacki Since leaving Myanmar I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and put into context the many wonderful and amazing experiences I’ve had. Looking through the thousands of photographs I have has taken time. I’m not nearly finished but I do have some collective thoughts. One is that when considering the wide…
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Will Myanmar’s Reforms Sideline Suu Kyi’s Political Influence?

Will Myanmar’s Reforms Sideline Suu Kyi’s Political Influence? (Published on Democratic Voice of Burma online edition & Dissident Voice.com) By Daniel Opacki Myanmar’s military rulers have wised up since 1990. After Aung San Suu Kyi was elected in a landslide victory the military rulers quickly discovered that Democracy threatened control over their self-interests. They promptly…
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