INTERVIEW - The Irrawaddy Magazine
‘Workers Are Now Very Afraid’

In this week’s “Dateline Irrawaddy” show, panelists discuss the recent crackdown and expulsion of Burmese, Cambodian and other migrant workers in Thailand.

Ready for a Rice Renaissance?

Myanmar Rice Federation Chairman Chit Khine talks about what is needed to improve the prospects of Burma’s once-burgeoning rice industry.

Sushi Success Story

Philip Maung, who migrated from Myanmar to the United States in 1989, set up Hissho Sushi, which now has more than 500 branches.

Burma Should Prioritize Agricultural Reforms, Says Retired Official

Thein Swe, a retired official from the Ministry of Planning and Finance says current reforms are passing by the majority of the country’s people.

A Conversation With the Swedish Ambassador to Burma

As Sweden opens its first embassy office in Rangoon, the Swedish Ambassador to Burma Klas Molin discusses business relations, foreign investment and press freedom.

War in Kachin: ‘This is a One-Sided Offensive’

In this week’s “Dateline Irrawaddy,” panelists discuss how women and children are affected by fighting on the third anniversary of renewed war in north Burma.

‘They All Become Like My Children’

The nun Daw Eainda Sar Ri talks about her role helping girls displaced by war in Kachin State to continue learning amidst hardship.

‘The Violin Is More Than Just a Tool. It’s More Like My Voice’

During a visit to his homeland, San Win Htike, a Singapore-based violinist who was born in Burma, spoke with The Irrawaddy about his music.

‘Without Knowledge, We Can’t Attempt to Develop’

The chairman of the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone talks about efforts to improve the region’s school system and the important role that monastic education plays there.

‘The Transformation Underway Is Real and It Is Rapid’

Ian Wong of the Singapore-based United Overseas Bank talks about current foreign investment trends and the licensing of foreign banks in Burma.

‘They Are Helping Generals to Become Millionaires—People Are Angry at That’

In this week’s Irrawaddy Dateline, panelists discuss the revelation that Unicef pays $87,000 per month to rent its Rangoon office from a former general.

‘The Region Cannot Be Forgotten’

A 28-year-old award-winning philanthropist in Burma shares her inspiration for helping people who live in mountains between Sagaing and Magwe divisions.

‘Everyone Should Know How to Defend Themselves’

A Shan entrepreneur teams up with a Rangoon-based women’s group to offer free self-defense classes for women looking to build their fitness and self-confidence.

‘If a Society Like Us Does This, People Will Follow’

Myint Myint Khin Pe, secretary of the Free Funeral Service Society, talks to The Irrawaddy about a plan to reduce the litter on Rangoon’s streets.

‘Our Approach Is Win-Win’

A member of the US Ex-Im Bank’s board of directors discusses the bank’s re-entry into Myanmar and the impact it will have.

Burmese Director on His Inspiration for ‘Ice Poison’

Taiwan-based Midi Z talks about his third feature film, set in his hometown Lashio, and other ongoing projects to be set in Rangoon and Thailand.

‘More Competition Will Get the Work Done Faster’

Burma’s Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Thaung Tin talks to The Irrawaddy as the country’s telecoms sector is about to be transformed.

Burma Benefits From Asean Chairmanship: Official

Aung Htoo, deputy director general of Burma’s Asean affairs department, talks to the Irrawaddy about the country’s inaugural chairmanship of the 10-nation regional bloc.

‘We Want Them to Keep a Watchful Eye on our Peace Process’

Deputy KIA Commander-in-Chief Gun Maw talks in an interview about the needs for US and UN involvement in the Kachin peace process.

‘It Should Benefit the People of Myanmar’

A Japanese lawmaker visits the Thilawa Special Economic Zone and speaks about his impressions of the Japanese-funded project.