Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Poets seize the moment

Than Toe Aung is blunt: “Doing this a few years ago would have got us put in jail.” The 24-year-old Yangonite isn’t talking about a heist or coup. Far from it. He and a group of likeminds are in the process of organising a poetry slam.

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ brings a fast and furious aesthetic to a familiar franchise

Star Trek Beyond is an action-packed, fun and funny thrill ride into a cinematic nebula that may be uncharted for the crew of the starship Enterprise, but that will be comfortably recognisable to both diehard Trekkers and those who only beamed on board once producer J J Abrams took over the helm with the 2009 film.

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Rock and a hard place: ‘We’re somewhere in between’

Self-confessed ‘outsiders’ Side Effect are tackling hate speech – one subversive song at a time. Weekend caught up with the outspoken indie rockers to talk Ma Ba Tha, K-pop and what happens when you “f*** with the government”.

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The art of the tees

Plain tees are soon to be a thing of the past thanks to Hipster designer Ko Htaw Htaw.

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Inking without thinking

I’m most certainly not a virtuous person, but I still feel a deep sense of shame and embarrassment when Western tourists come to Southeast Asia and treat it as their personal playground. I also take a great satisfaction in seeing people cross the threshold of tolerated behaviour that they didn’t realise existed and having to suffer the punishment of public humiliation as a result. Chances are, you probably do too.

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Inside the world of male sex workers

The well-dressed father of two earns good money. He speaks English and works for an international NGO that combats HIV/AIDS. He used to be a sex worker, a man who has sex with other men, and then became a government informer, reporting back to the police on other sex workers who were then arrested. He resorted to drink and drugs because of his shame and isolation. And now he wants to talk about it.

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Cambodia’s garment workers vulnerable to unsafe abortions

The garment industry is the linchpin of Cambodia’s economy, and the single biggest employer of women. Some 500 factories hire almost 500,000 female workers, many of them young and from the countryside, where, away from their homes and support networks, they struggle to access healthcare information and services, including abortion.

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Eating your way through Pyay

You can travel the 180 miles (300 kilometres) to Pyay, Bago Region – about six hours by car – to marvel at its pagodas and drink in its history, which extends back to the fabled 1000-year Pyu era.

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Book details ‘the price of progress’ in Myanmar

David Bockino first visited Myanmar in 2005 on a one-hour, carefully coordinated “tourist” tour of Tachileik in Shan State. He describes unremarkable photo ops and run-down buildings, quoting travel writer Paul Theroux in saying that “nothing happens in Burma, but then nothing is expected to happen”.

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Answering the call of the traditional arts

Born into a farming family in Magwe Region, Wai Yan Aung followed his own path in pursuit of his dream to become a dancer.

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