Two Kachin brothers present the harrowing realities of life amid the civil war in Kachin State as part of Yangon Photo Festival’s Give Peace a Chance, which runs through March 31 at the French Institute.
Two months ago, for the Nobel-Myanmar literary festival, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wrote, “Now our children waste a lot of their time on computer games, internet games, and social networks. Children read less because the use of technology has increased.” And she's not alone in her opinion. But is it really as bad as The Lady says? All around Yangon, the gaming subculture continues to expand on a large scale.
It's yet an elusive hobby in Myanmar, adult colouring books are filling the free time of grown-ups the world over. The craze is already prominent in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Singapore, but has yet to reach the Golden Land. Have these adults lost their minds? Or is Myanmar just slow to catch on?
I slid open the creaky glass door and stepped inside Smart Fitness looking for nothing more than a monthly quote. The young men working out in front of the mirrors all stopped, almost in unison, to stare at Me the Foreigner as I entered their lifting sanctuary with my gym shorts and water bottle.
The moment: a long line of monks and novices collect their morning alms in the morning mists of Shan State. A shutter clicks, and months later, the photographer collects his prize – the Myanmar National Award from the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
You hear her coming down the street each morning, the thanakha-clad street vendor hollering her wares to the rooftops. Beans, mangos, corn – if you can name it, a Myanmar saleswoman can balance it on her head.