FEATURE - The Irrawaddy Magazine
In US, Burmese Sushi Chef Crafts New Career on Incubator Farm By

A physicist from Armenia, a juice-maker from Bermuda and a Burmese sushi chef all join a program that applies the business incubator model to farming.

Getting the Word Out By

Yangon’s music scene is flowering, with an open mic night at Transit Shed No. 1 and a concert including world-class musicians at the National Theater.

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In Myanmar and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, ghosts are said to haunt airports, popping up everywhere from cockpits to arrivals halls.

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Despite the chance of negative reactions, many Burmese bypass the doctor’s office to buy prescription-only medicine without prescriptions, hoping to save money and time.

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An ethnic Karen woman finds support for her illness after moving to Thailand, where she now helps run a shelter for orphans and vulnerable women.

A Lifetime of War, with No Peace in Sight By

A 92-year-old Kachin man, who is living in a camp for internally displaced person, recalls his decades of fighting against—and for—the Tatmadaw.

Standing Tall By

A synagogue in central Yangon testifies to the resilience of the city’s Jewish community despite the many setbacks of the past.

Can Meditation Really Slow Aging? By

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in the United States, thinks so.

Portraits of Burma’s Independence Hero By

An art exhibition to honor Gen. Aung San opens on Saturday, the 67th anniversary of the independence hero’s assassination by a political rival in Rangoon.

Burmese Workers Still Manning Thai Dream Island By

On the upmarket resort island of Ko Tao, about 70 percent of workers in the tourism industry hail from southern Burma.

In West Burma, Ancient City Needs Care: Activists By

In Mrauk U, a campaign is under way to preserve religious edifices that date back to Arakanese kingdoms but have been neglected for years.

Not the Same Old Song and Dance By

A creative musical challenges priorities in international efforts to end human trafficking.

Book Review—Refugee Camp Governance with a Difference By

A new book on the 30-year history of refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border gives new insight into the unique way they were run.

Black Gold Rush By

Oil fields abandoned by Burma’s state-owned oil company have turned into a lawless arena for local drillers and petrol smugglers.

Yangon’s Pedal Power By

The commercial capital’s ubiquitous “sai kaa” cycle rickshaws support a sizeable workforce, and offer a unique way to see the city.

Talking Peace, Thinking War By

Burma’s vaunted “peace process” is in danger of collapsing, as the beating of war drums begins to drown out the sound of talks.

A Day in the Valley of Darkness By

A Polish explorer travels to Hukawng Valley, which he describes as Burma in miniature — a place where the entire country’s problems are concentrated.

‘The Last Headhunter’ By

A Polish writer travels to a remote village in northern Burma and sips tea with a former Naga chief headhunter.

Growing Opium Makes Economic Sense for Kayan Farmers By

Farmers in the southern tip of Burma’s Shan State say that growing poppies can earn them 10 times more than planting other crops.

Craftsmen and Toymakers Struggle to Survive in Sagaing By

Burmese traditional arts face a dwindling market in Sagaing, the cultural sister city of Mandalay that is famous for pottery and papier mâché.






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