Showing posts from June, 2012


Francis Wade wrote at the Asian Correspondent : Calls for the Rohingya to be expelled from Burma on the grounds that they are not citizens have been made by the very same people who were allowed to remain in their countries of asylum [US, UK, Canada] for years before citizenship was finally awarded – they assert however that this gesture should not be extended to the Rohingya. (Photo from flickr .) If you click on the above photo, you will see what a 19-year-old refugee said: " I was born in Myanmar, but the Burmese government says I don't belong there. I grew up in Bangladesh, but the Bangladeshi government says I cannot stay there. As a Rohingya, I feel I am caught between a crocodile and a snake. " (Photo from  flickr .)

Endangered Languages Project

The Endangered Languages Catalog, t he project I am working on as a team member, went live today. It is launched by Google at this URL: There are a few languages/dialects from Burma that are on the list. Here are some of them:  Yaw , Danau , Kado , Hpon , Riang , Tai Loi , Akeu and some Chin languages. Check the site out.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Lecture

Burmese harp music is from 3:00 to 8:30 and her lecture is from 9:30 to 37:00 in the following's video. The full text is available at the Nobel Prize website . I chose some highlights below. About Sufferings: "I thought of prisoners and refugees, of migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, of that great mass of the uprooted of the earth who have been torn away from their homes, parted from families and friends [and] forced to live out their lives among strangers who are not always welcoming." On War: "A young American fighting with the French Foreign Legion wrote before he was killed in action in 1916 that he would meet his death:  “at some disputed barricade;” “on some scarred slope of battered hill;” “at midnight in some flaming town.” Youth and love and life perishing forever in senseless attempts to capture nameless, unremembered places. And for what? Nearly a century on, we have yet to find a satisfactory answer. Are we not st

Walls (တံတိုင်း)

I want to share this Burmese song, "Walls", written by Saw Wilfred. The recent clashes between Rohingyas and Arakans made me think about some of the issues addressed in the song---the walls dividing us humans. The post by a Burmese blogger, " Why do you hate Muslims? ", also inspired me to share this song. Listening to the song reminds me that race, skin color, nationalities or religious beliefs are the "walls" dividing us. I also remembered this quote, which I wrote about a while ago . " This is America, right? People say now how we should all just love each other the same? But underneath, they're all still feeling the same old hate. Black, White, Jew, Asian, Greek, whatever. But for a true gangster, none of that matters. In business, if you can make a buck with or from them, you don't give a damn who they look like or who they pray to. To us, this city's one big gorgeous mosaic of crime ." Here is the song, "တံတိုင်း.&q

Musing from Myanmar with Annie Gaffney

I came across the following posts by an Australian journalist, Annie Gaffney . She is currently in Burma and updating her posts from there. It's fun to read her experiences in Burma. Here are some quotes from her posts: The guide book to Myanmar says never initiate any conversation with local people about the political scene in their country right?  Forget about that!  This taxi driver couldn’t wait to share a few home truths with us.  Like:  ten percent of the population have all of the wealth, 90 percent have nothing.  Apparently what’s happened is that the import duty on cars until this year was about 200 percent.  Now that’s been halved and anyone who bought a car before this year has just lost a bucket-load of money, including our poor taxi driver who paid a small fortune (US$4000) for his broken down old cab which was straight out of the early seventies and sounded like it too! About eat

Solar Water Heaters in Myitkyina

Solar water heaters are not very expensive in Burma. I saw those installed at some of the houses in Myikyina, Kachin State during my last trip to Burma.

Pump in Burma

Brilliant! Photos taken from Nai Aung Gyi .

A Conversation with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum, interviewed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.

Press Conference with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi