The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 31 July 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

People Who Dare to Face Tomorrow

Author Htin Aung Kyaw Htet on his book about sex workers in Myanmar, and battling common misconceptions about these women.

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Starting afresh: Life after poppy farming

An innovative community-based project helping villagers on the Thai-Myanmar border nurture sustainable businesses and attain self-sufficiency has given a new start to people previously faced with no option but to cultivate opium poppies.

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No place to go: Young women face hostel environment

Young female students in Mandalay struggle to find accommodation due, at least in part, to stereotypes about "immoral behaviour".

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String theory

Original style comes as second nature to Steven Oo, a Myanmar designer who has garnered international attention for his use of form and fabric.

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Sound and fury: Punks ring in the New Year

One day before the official start of Thingyan festivities in Yangon, an illegal punk rock concert took place under an inner-city bridge.

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Pressing questions

The Myanmar Times speaks with broadcast journalist Nattha Komolvadhin of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS). 

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Living well in Myanmar: Should you get tested?

Our resident medical expert Dr Christoph Gelsdorf on why breast cancer screening isn’t always a good thing.

 

 

 

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A critic in Katha Searching for the essence of colonial times

Katha is an isolated harbour of almost 24,000 inhabitants by the magnificent Ayeyarwady River in Sagaing Region in Upper Myanmar and bordering the mountains of Shan State in the east. It is where Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell, lived from 1926 to 1927 as an officer of the British Imperial Police Force. And on first glance nothing seems to have changed there since.

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How to cook like a bona fide aunty

Garlic and pomelo. Pickled tea leaves and peanuts. Salted fish and coconut. The combinations of Myanmar cuisine are baffling to the newcomer.

 

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Their weight in gold: How material wealth creates spiritual energy in some of the world’s costliest holy places

Nearly US$3 billion, or at least 5 percent of Myanmar’s current annual gross domestic product – that’s the estimated value of the umbrella atop the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. “As it stood overlooking everything it seemed to explain all about Burma,” Rudyard Kipling wrote about it.

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