You may no longer need a hat to get ahead, but you might want to think about losing the longyi – or at least so says a new gentleman’s outfitters, which is trying to persuade Myanmar businessmen to swap their traditional gear for pinstripes and fustian.
Imagine a room full of red-lace bras, packs of condoms and a dancing pole – did we just wander into an illicit, red-light district somewhere? No, these items are brazenly displayed at perhaps one of Thailand’s most unusual museums: This Is Us – Empower Foundation’s museum of sex work.
The Speaker from the House of Representatives silenced fellow parliamentarians and hit her gavel, opening yet another important chapter in Myanmar’s democratic transition. But, as the smiles and high-fives suggested, this was not a typical sitting of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: it was a session of the country’s first model student parliament.
The launch on July 16 of Shin hnit Kyama (You and I), a new collection of poems by Mae Yway and Cho Pain Naung, was an exhilarating event, with a large local audience packed into The Rough Cut, a Sanchaung bar that has become one of Yangon’s homes for Myanmar poetry, photography and music
Ethnic Karen women are still subject to abuse and to feelings of insecurity, say human rights advocates. The Karen Human Rights Group yesterday officially released its report “Hidden Strengths, Hidden Struggles: Women’s Testimonies from Southeast Myanmar” at a press conference at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon.