Category: Bamboodazed

Class Photos 2

by Daniel Opacki While in Myanmar I often receive requests to give workshops, teach a class or provide teacher training. I rarely rejected any request. These photo’s are from two days of teaching Pronunciation and giving Teacher Training Workshops for teachers from Mon State. The teachers were first or second years public school teachers sent…
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Go To Bagan

Bagan is a place in the world that is almost timeless. With temples and structures constructed across centuries, the entire area is unpaved, missing the common tourist traps, not too remote that you can choose from twelve-dollar-a-night guesthouses to luxury hotels. You will see the most popular sites, without rush or hurry, in two days….
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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 Opacki 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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Perspective Connecting Vietnam War Era With The Present by Daniel Opacki

My Vietnam War, 50 Years Later

Author John Grant, a Vietnam War era veteran offers his reflections on his life during the Vietnam War. It’s rare an American writer references the Tale of Kieu, a narrative poem I read during my youth. I believed one day I’d also be going to Vietnam.
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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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