Yangon Again: Like It Is, Like It Was, Eulogy I & II, And Anwar Sadat by Daniel Opacki

Yangon Again: Like It Is, Like It Was, Eulogy I & II, And Anwar Sadat by Daniel Opacki

Like It Is In 2019 I returned to Yangon and found the city in on the ASEAN hustle. China is coming and planned projects to expand Yangon are massive. But will they get made? After decades of abuse, corruption, and neglect, the wheels of change do turn but it may be a while before Yangon…
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Twenty-Nine Years: Remembering 8.8.88 by Daniel Opacki

Twenty-nine years later, in memory of August 8, 1988. At 11 PM on August 8, 2017, Burma’s 88 Generation student leaders, who where mostly high school or university students in 1988, gathered with family and friends before Yangon’s City Hall. Poets, artists, and musicians made speeches, read poetry, and sang songs of rebellion and unity….
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Antique grass and weed cutter in Yangon by Daniel Opacki

Walking from the Ministry of Education’s National English Language Center at Yangon University, I marveled at this old contraption a caretaker was pushing over the lawn of the Judson Baptist Church. A caretaker at Judson Baptist Church with an ancient lawnmower – very cool.   It’s perfect…
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Suu Kyi’s Halo Bangwagon Stories Slipping Away? by Daniel Opacki

  New buses are good news for Yangon’s riders By Daniel Several weeks have passed since I’ve read another duplicated criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi and her slipping/cracked/falling/lost/melting/peeling/oxidized/rusting/tarnished/shrinking/low-hanging halo. The metaphor of her “lost halo” and coming soon no doubt, her quest to reclaim it, may one day be akin…
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Banknotes in Burma

Banknotes In Burma  is a blog by Min Sun Min (from New York)  who has some posting about banknotes and stamps in Burma. The link offers great detail about money in Burma, including the odd period when notes were 35, 35, 75, 90. He also explains the superstitious nature of the number 9 some of the Generals had a while back. Click on the name (link) at the beginning to read. BURMA FLAG
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Escaping to Freedom with Aung Myo Tint by Daniel Opacki

Many of the famous 1988 Generation student leaders arrested after the 1988 uprising released from prison before the 2007 Saffron Uprising occurred. When freed from prison most returned to the Democracy movement immediately. As tensions increased leading up to the 2007 uprising, some of the 88 Generation leaders were hunted down and arrested. Whomever political activists…
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Life in Mae La

  Little clouds of dust floated lazily on the air from the pattering feet of people who looked as if they were from not a single place but many places. The young men in Mae La wore jeans and old tattered shirts washed clean and had facial features I recognized from photographs of people in…
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Children in Burma (1) by Daniel Opacki

One of the most enjoyable aspects to traveling in Burma, now Myanmar, is crossing paths with children eager to try their English. Some are just curious and wish to try out a “Hello!”  Sometimes after hearing my “Hello” they would giggle or laugh and run off or at times the real chatty ones wish to…
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