Category: Bamboodazed

Escaping to Freedom with Aung Myo Tint

by Daniel Opacki Leading up to the 2007 Saffron Uprising some 1988 Generation student leaders were featured on “wanted dead or alive posters” in many police stations. One such Democracy activist was Aung Myo Tint. Aung was a high echelon antagonist closely aligned with Aung San Suu Kyi leading up to the 1988 Uprising. Following…
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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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Kachin Thanksgiving at the American Center 2010

The Kachin students threw a wild party at the American Center complete with traditional Kachin food and Kachin wine. The food was delicious. And the Kachin homemade wine? It was on the sweet side but steady so it went down fast and loosened everyone up as we all did some winding marching dancing jumping falling…
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Selected Photo’s and Memories of Some of Burma’s Pro-Democracy Advocates

  Here Su Kyi said something to me and had a good joke and laugh after she was told I didn’t understand Burmese very well.  Ko Bo, here as a young Botany student, was the leader of the first group of students to protest the currency changes in 1987. He became a leader in the…
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Reflection on my first months in Burma (2008)

by Daniel Opacki This post is from an older blog now closed. The people of Burma love Americans. Everywhere I went, everyone I met, people told me they love Americans. Burma hasn’t changed much over the past 40 years. Except for a few new homes or small buildings it’s difficult to notice any structural progress anywhere….
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Renewal

Spring is a time for reawakening. Re-emerging. Renewal. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve had a New England winter followed by spring. In early January I remarked to my father that we might have a beautiful and mild winter. He chuckled and told me, “Don’t count on it. When the snow comes, it…
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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 significant 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. That event instigated a small group of Botany students at Rangoon University to hold protest marches…
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