As Myanmar mourns the death of those killed in the landslide at a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State, earlier this week, a new exhibition highlighting the issues faced in the extractive industries could not be more timely.
Performance artist Moe Satt, starring in his first foreign gig, could win US$50,000. He was selected along with five other Asian artists – from China, Cambodia, the Philippines and Taiwan – to compete for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists.
Do you want to wear a traditional piece of art? Now you can. Soe Maung Aung, a local entrepreneur who owns a souvenir shop in Yangon’s Bogyoke Market, has melded history with style to create a product that is beautiful and chic.
For those seeking an escape from the madness of the city, Yangon has no shortage of spas and beauty salons. But with options that include everything from cockroach-infested dens of vice to chic day spas, the problem is knowing which ones will leave you feeling more “Ahhhhh” than “ARGGGH”.
Prepare for the changing of the guard. The current parliament, now winding up its term for the final few weeks, contains more than 50 members aged 70 or over – some of whom have been known to fall asleep in parliament –with the oldest being born in 1932. According to The Parliaments of Myanmar, only two are aged under 31.
Thinking about or getting close to having a baby in Yangon? Congratulations! Lucky for you, with the right amount of attention, love and knowledge, babies will naturally achieve what they need to grow up healthy. Having a newborn in Myanmar is unique in some ways, but most of the recommendations doctors give internationally apply here as well.
A few years ago Myanmar ostensibly entered the post-censorship era. Newspapers are no longer required to send their copy to the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division, and galleries can now display paintings without the indignity of preview by art-illiterate “authorities”.
They meet after dark, gathering with something of a fugitive air. The work may be done for the day, but now is the time for action. They greet each other silently, bumping fists, nudging shoulders. There is no need for words. They all know why they are there, in the shadow of the great flyover, heavy traffic rumbling constantly above them and to each side.
Yangon has undergone rapid change over the past few years, with modern buildings, smart phones and fast-food chains flooding the city. Now, the changes have been documented in a series of photographs taken before the “opening up” of the country in 2011.