FEATURE - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Burmese Food Truck to Deliver Street Eats With a Side of Tolerance

Fund-raising is under way to launch the Rangoon-based Harmoneat truck, which will serve dishes from various ethnic groups along with a note about cultural traditions.

Japan’s Thilawa Aid Widens Burma Factories vs Farms Divide

Critics say the landmark Thilawa special economic zone is pushing families deeper into poverty, and accuse local officials of strong-arm tactics to force resettlements.

Burma Land Grab Victims Turn to Black Magic

Frustrated by a lack of resolution through conventional means, some land grab victims in Burma are turning to old ways: curses and black magic.

A Murky Story

The legend of the Dhammazedi Bell, supposedly lost in the murky Yangon River, has long chimed with dreamers and schemers alike.

Forgotten, but Not Gone

Half a millennium after the Portuguese first set foot in Myanmar, their legacy lives on in a remote corner of the country’s north.

Making Opium (and the Past) Go Away

A peculiar little museum in a remote corner of eastern Myanmar’s Shan State shows how to eradicate drugs—and erase history.

Burma’s Clunkers Scrapped in Rush for ‘New’ Cars

As Burma’s reform-minded leadership opens the economy, automakers are seeking pole positions in what might become one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

The Banyan Trees of Pindaya

The beautiful centuries-old trees at a cave complex in Shan State create the perfect atmosphere for a famous mile-long pagoda festival.

Water Supply Strains to Meet Demands of Growing Rangoon

Pressure on Rangoon’s water supply is growing as the urban population increases and development projects put greater demand on the main pipe feeding the city.

Burma Opium Fight Failing; Soldiers Shooting Up

A village in Burma’s remote northeast lays bare the country’s struggle to rein in its narcotics problems, from rising poppy production to rampant drug addiction.

In Canada, an Ambassador for Burma’s Chinlone

A 60-year-old in Toronto has practiced the Burmese sport almost every day for three decades and is encouraging other foreigners to give it a try.

The ‘Broom’ That Saved Yangon

A key player in a decisive battle that changed the course of Myanmar’s history recalls his role and reflects on what might have happened.

A Boat Trip to Maungdaw

A reporter travels to northern Arakan State, visits the Bangladesh border and makes his way to the village where dozens of people were allegedly killed.

A Tribute to Maung Thaw Ka

A veteran journalist remembers one of the heroes of Myanmar’s democracy movement, who died a political prisoner—and a true patriot.

In Burma, Some Ex-Political Prisoners Heed Capitalism’s Calling

Sensing business opportunities but facing no shortage of hurdles, former political prisoners make a go of it in Burma’s reforming economy.

In Tenasserim Hills, Rise in Mining Threatens Communities

Mining operations are seriously harming communities and the environment in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Hills, while many more mining firms wait to explore the once-isolated range.

Burma’s Lonely ‘Dictator Pagoda’

A Buddhist monument that was built by Gen. Ne Win near the landmark Shwedagon Pagoda sees few visitors in Rangoon.

100-Year-Old Pilot Returns to Burma With War Stories and Sense of Humor

A Chinese American centenarian known for flying a famous US general to Myitkyina as part of an evacuation during World War II comes back to the Golden Land.

School Hits the Road for Burmese Teashop Boys

Burmese child laborers in urban teashops are getting a chance to renew their education on buses that have been transformed into mobile classrooms.

Photos Look Back at 19th Century Burma

A new exhibit in Rangoon offers a glimpse of the architecture, fashion, culture and daily life of local people over a century ago.