The land of liberty, equality and fraternity will learn of the travails endured by those in Myanmar who struggle for human rights and a better life with the upcoming publication, at the end of the year, of Frédéric Debomy’s cartoon Books on Burma.
In deeply religious Thailand, monks have long been revered. But badly behaved clergy, corruption scandals, and the vast wealth amassed by some temples has many asking if something is rotten at the heart of Thai Buddhism.
Asia is home to the world's oldest civilizations, with a vibrant tradition of creative arts. It also boasts an estimated 60 literary festivals, as new generations of writers and readers are still moved by the written word. Here's your guide to some of the region's best literary festivals in the coming year:
For many expats who end up in Burma, the country has seeped into their consciousness beforehand. In journalist Rosalind Russell’s case, it was the heroic feats of her relative, who lived the idyll in pre-war Rangoon that inspired her wanderlust. BOOK REVIEW: Rosalind Russell's "Burma's Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times."
This week I had a 49 year-old female patient in Yangon who in the last several weeks has suddenly become extremely anxious about completing daily tasks, is having trouble with colleagues at work, is finding it difficult to sleep, and is having bouts of body temperature swings in which she suddenly felt extremely warm. She wanted to know if she was going crazy. Her menstrual cycle was unchanged, but could this be menopause? If so, what should she do?
Though sales are far from robust, the abolition of censorship by the present government has allowed the book-printing industry to flourish, says the founder of a major publishing house. U Myo Nyunt, who started Sar Pae Law Ka (The Literary World) in the early 1960s with a K10,000 manual press, was reflecting on the progress made since then.
His circuitous route to his heart’s desire has taken him through many occupations that others would consider a lifetime goal. U Win Pe, a Myanmar Academy Award winner who has been at various times radio reporter, cartoonist, writer and director, is now doing what he always wanted to do: mount a solo exhibition of his watercolours.