Every city should have a coffee table book and now with the publication of Yangon Echoes, Yangon has its first. As writer Ma Thida recounts in her foreword, while the former capital was demoted by the regime in 2005, Yangon endures as the most populous and ethnically diverse city in the country and thus has been crying out for visual depiction and the recording of citizen’s stories.
An everyday story of teashop customers, The Tea Cup Diaries, is being broadcast by Myanma Radio for 26. The series has been produced by BBC Media Action, with support from USAID, and will run for 26 weeks.
Playing chinlone is good for you. It can improve general fitness and promote alertness, it concentrates the attention, and develops teamwork skills and a general sense of good-fellowship amid friendly rivalry.
Artists from both sides of the border came together this week for a special collaboration. The 33 artists, from Myanmar and Thailand, held an art workshop and exhibition yesterday and today at the Yangon Gallery in People’s Square and Park, Yangon.
Ever since American GIs passed through Bangkok for R&R during the Vietnam War, foreigners have returned home sporting traditional Thai tattoos known as sak yant. While exotic religious-script tattoos remain popular with tourists today, they are not without controversy in Southeast Asia.
Charles and Ray Eames, credited with “changing the way we sit”, thrived on having fun. A closer look at their philosophy and work, now on exhibition at Thailand Creative Design Center (TCDC) in Bangkok, shows they did much more, leaving an indelible mark on contemporary lifestyle and revolutionising furniture construction and design.