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Snapshots from Myanmar

February 7th 2017
I got back from Myanmar and promptly came down with pneumonia. I do not recommend getting pneumonia. It is tiring, and I am bored with it. But now that I am recovering, it is time to finish up my Burmese blogs. Emerging Country I don’t like the term “third world country,” it seems so condescending. So I’m taking a phrase from the financial pages: “emerging market,” or “emerging cou ... read more
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Burmese Flag Britain conquered Burma over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire. Burma was administered as a province of India until 1937 when it became a separate, self-governing colony; independence from the Commonwealth wa... ... read more
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7th February 2017

Books and more books....
It's a nice read, Karen. I love places where l can spend hours browsing books. I didn't know that such a passion exists in a country run by military junta. Regarding betel nuts, u are absolutely right. I was born North-east lndia and it is so rampant there.... They are close to Myanmar, so habit must have integrated over time.
7th February 2017

Books
My understanding is that when the military was in control, English language books were kept under wraps. Now that the National League for Democracy is in power (though the constitution decrees that the military hold 25% of the seats in Parliament) information is flowing much more freely. Still not a lot of interaction with the West, but a little more open.

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