For a region at the heart of international business plans and controversies, the Dawei peninsula is still relatively unexplored. Accommodations are still limited and transport can be dicey, but that’s part of the thrill: Who said paradise should be easy to reach?
“Daddy, please carry me,” said the orphan. Others, clustering around a visitor on a recent hot afternoon, clamoured to be played with. There are more than 600 boys and girls without parents at the Yellow Young Generation Charity Organisation’s Yadana Alinyaung Orphanage School in Mandalay. They study in four big rooms, roofed with palm leaves.
The &proud photo competition, aimed at capturing the diversity of Myanmar’s LGBT+ community, concluded on May 7. Though the pictures remain on the walls at Deitta Gallery through May 15, the judges have spoken: Shwe Wutt Hmon won the first place prize, valued at K300,000, for her series Love Means Love.
A smiling street-side vendor, her hair in a bun, looks at the camera. “Hopefully things will turn out better in the future,” she says. The interview, conducted in Hakha, Chin State, is just one of hundreds conducted by the Facebook page Rangoon Revealed, a social organisation based in Yangon.
The door of Edo Zushi, on U Wisara Road in Kamaryut township, swings shut. A bell tinkles, and a waitress clad in a plain, dark kimono silently appears. Behind the sushi counter, sushi chef Win Tun Aung is busy filleting a 22-hour cooked, vividly purple octopus for the day’s customers.