Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes From The Crossroads Of Southeast Asia by Tan, Desmond; Kate Leahy
An eclectic collection of 80 achievable yet spectacular recipes from famed San Francisco Bay Area Burmese restaurant, Burma Superstar. For years, Bay Area residents and out-of-towners have packed the house - and lined up out the door - for the salads, curries, rice, and stir-fries served at Burma Superstar, a beloved Burmese restaurant with four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection of recipes includes favorites like Tea Leaf Salad, Samosa Soup, Pumpkin Pork Stew, Garlic Noodles, and Black Rice Pudding that have made the group of restaurants one of the most recognizable in the Bay Area but it also takes readers into the kitchens of Burmese home cooks, whose style of cooking drives menu inspiration.
Cities And Kings: Ancient Treasures From Myanmar by Murphy, Stephen (Ed.)
Treasures from the national museums of Myanmar, from the World Heritage Site at Pyu, the pagoda-studded plains of Bagan, and from Mandalay, the last royal capital, are examined in this profusely illustrated catalogue. Essays cover the principal archaeological sites of Pyu, Mon, Bagan, Inwa, Shan State, and Mandalay.
War And Peace In The Borderlands Of Myanmar The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994-2011 by Sadan, Mandy (Ed.)
In June 2011 fighting resumed between the Kachin Independence Organisation and Myanmar Army, ending a 17-year ceasefire. The unwillingness of local Kachin people and their leaders to agree to a speedy renewal of the ceasefire has frustrated many observers and policy-makers hoping for a national ceasefire agreement between the Myanmar government and principal armed ethnic organizations. Yet since the ceasefire collapsed, surprisingly little attention has been paid to understanding the Kachin experience of the ceasefire. This book brings together local activists with international academics and acclaimed independent researchers to reflect on these experiences from different perspectives. They also raise important and enduring questions about the social, economic and political development of Myanmar's 'border regions'. Crucially, the chapters offer vital lessons about the dangers inherent in ceasefire agreements when an 'armed peace' is implemented but not accompanied by a substantive commitment to political change.
Hidden Gems - Retracing Tradition And Modernity In The Monastic Architecture Of Mandalay by Widodo, Johannes Et Al (Eds.)
This book is about two timber monasteries situated in Myanmar's former capital city during the monarchy period and the seat of the country last kingdom, Mandalay. The two buildings have very strong historical and architectural significance, one represent the traditional residential building typology, while the other one represent a shared-typology of European elements mixed with local materials and traditional craftsmanship. It is a result from an international joint studio program of National University of Singapore, University of Malaya, and Mandalay Technological University, sponsored by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.
Myanmar's Mountain And Maritime Borderscapes: Local Practices, Boundary-Making And Figured Worlds by Oh Su-Ann (Ed.)
This edited volume adds to the literature on Myanmar and its borders by drawing attention to the significance of geography, history, politics and society in the construction of the border regions and the country. First, it alerts us to the fact that the border regions are situated in the mountainous and maritime domains of the country, highlighting the commonalities that arise from shared geography. Second, the book foregrounds socio-spatio practices - economic, intimate, spiritual, virtual - of border and boundary-making in their local context. This demonstrates how state-defined notions of territory, borders and identity are enacted or challenged. Third, despite sharing common features, Myanmar's borderscapes also possess unique configurations of ethnic, political and economic attributes, producing social formations and figured worlds that are more cohesive or militant in some border areas than in others. Understanding and comparing these social practices and their corresponding life-worlds allows us to re-examine the connections from the borderlands back to the hinterland and to consider the value of border and boundary studies in problematizing and conceptualizing recent changes in Myanmar.
Conflict In Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion by Cheesman; Nick; Nicholas Farrelly
As Myanmar's military adjusts to life with its former opponents holding elected office, Conflict in Myanmar showcases innovative research by a rising generation of scholars, analysts and practitioners about the past five years of political transformation. Each of its seventeen chapters, from participants in the 2015 Myanmar Update conference held at the Australian National University, builds on theoretically informed, evidence-based research to grapple with significant questions about ongoing violence and political contention. The authors offer a variety of fresh views on the most intractable and controversial aspects of Myanmar's long-running civil wars, fractious politics and religious tensions.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #04: Myanmar's Foreign Policy Under President U Thein Sein: Non-Aligned And Diversified) by Haacke, Jurgen
Given Myanmar's strategic location and the wider great power competition in Southeast Asia, how the country positions itself vis-à-vis the major powers in the reform era currently under way will have considerable bearing for the international politics of Southeast Asia. Historically, Myanmar's leaders have preferred an independent foreign policy that has also been couched in terms of neutralism and non-alignment. Following considerable tension between the stated principle of non-alignment and the practice of Myanmar's foreign policy under the SLORC/SPDC regime given US pressure on Naypyitaw, Myanmar's threat perceptions vis-à-vis Washington have waned with the shift to the pragmatic, principled and calibrated engagement as favoured by President Obama.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #03: Can Myanmar's Nld Government Undo The Gordion Knot Of Federalism And Ethnicity by Taylor, Robert H.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said that peace is the first priority of the National League for Democracy, NLD, when it comes to power in April 2016. Both her remarks at the Union Peace Conference in January and the NLD election manifesto point to ethnicity and federalism being linked. But as revealed at the Union Peace Conference, that is yet to have happened. Rather, spokespersons for the ethnic armed groups continue to speak the language of ethnic rights and a federal army, while the government talks about reaching material and administrative agreements and the army insists that there can only be one army. In order to break the apparently endless debate about federalism, ethnicity, states and divisions in the Union of Myanmar, perhaps a new approach might be considered - taking federalism a step further to the seventy-four district levels of administration. As the ethnically designated armed groups operate in relatively small and localized areas, a solution that squares the circle between ethnicity and territory might have appeal.
Burma Spring, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And The New Struggle For The Soul Of A Nation by Pederson, Rena
Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: the inspiration for Burma's first steps towards democracy. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from fifteen years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The Burma Spring will also surprise readers by revealing the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth.
Culture Shock! Myanmar - A Survival Guide To Customs And Etiquette by Saw Myat Yin
CultureShock! Myanmar is an illuminating guide to the culture and customs of Myanmar, offering readers a peek into this Southeast Asian country that has until very recently been shrouded in isolation. Since the end of 2010, however, foreign investors have been welcomed, and visiting Myanmar is easier than ever before. Be well prepared for living in Myanmar with all the advice and information you need. The author provides practical tips on what to bring, what to prepare an where to go. In addition, discover fascinating insights into the inner world of the Myanmar people, their culture, traditions, etiquette as well as practical tips on how to do business in Myanmar. Cultureshock! Myanmar is a must-read for anyone who wants to visit or make his home in this intriguing exotic country.
Lady And The Generals, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma's Struggle For Freedom by Popham, Peter
She was a heroine of our time, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a symbol of supreme courage in the face of tyranny. Then, in 2010, Burma's generals opened the door a chink: Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, and her country began to change. Suu Kyi's acclaimed biographer, Peter Popham, describes what happened next. Travelling across the country, meeting aristocrats, monks and politicians, freedom fighters, punks and rebels, he shows how hope has slowly returned to the lives of ordinary Burmese. He also examines the fate of the hill tribes, and how the world's politicians and businessmen are striving for influence. When Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to parliament, she began to negotiate with the military. Yet she has declined to take a firm stand on minority rights - to the dismay of many in the West. The Lady and the Generals offers a trenchant and compelling portrait of this fascinating country and asks where Burma and Suu Kyi herself - with her bravery, her brilliance and her limitations - are heading next.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #01: Making Sense Of The Election In Myanmar's Rakhine And Shan States by Oh, Su-Ann
This paper examines why ethnic parties did well in Rakhine and Shan States despite the fact that the National League for Democracy was given a manifest mandate by the Myanmar electorate to represent its interests nationwide. Given the lack of available data, the best explanation that can be offered at present is that the combination of non-state armed ethnic group fighting, recent ceasefire agreements, and economic development of places such as the self-administered areas and urban centres influenced Shan State voters to choose the USDP.
Knot Is Where You Tie A Piece Of Rope, A: Burmese Writing In Iowa by Myay Hmone Lwin; Natasa Durovicova (Eds.)
For over four decades, Myanmar was isolated from the international flow of communications, media and to some extent ideas. In gathering here writers who matured, come of age, were born into, and then tested the boundaries of Burmese prose and poetry, this anthology provides a much-needed sampler of a little-known literary culture. What the writers have in common is that between 1994 and 2014, they all were residents of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. There the similarities between them end, and we hear a vast range of literary voices.
Scuttlebutt, The by Myay Hmone Lwin
"With Myay Hmone Lwin's poetry, you don't notice the nuts and bolts. You gawk at the whole sledgehammer of his words, as it swings at any sophistry, moral, social and political. Aiming to reveal a deeper, purer, more powerful truth, sometimes beyond sense, his poems are guided by instinct and good faith." - Yeow Kai Chai, festival director of Singapore Writers Festival
Blood, Dreams And Gold: The Changing Face Of Burma by Cockett, Richard
Burma is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia and was once one of its richest. Under successive military regimes, however, the country eventually ended up as one of the poorest countries in Asia. Richard Cockett spent years in the region as a correspondent for The Economist and witnessed firsthand the vicious sectarian politics of the Burmese government, and later, also, its surprising attempts at political and social reform. Cockett's enlightening history, from the colonial era on, explains how Burma descended into decades of civil war and authoritarian government. Cockett also explains why the regime has started to reform, and why these reforms will not go as far as many people had hoped.
Passage To Burma by Stulberg, Scott
Get lost in the timeless beauty of a country in transition. For more than ten years Scott Stulberg has made multiple pilgrimages to Burma to capture this sense of magic with his cameras. The result of those pilgrimages is captured here in a collection of images that display the heart and soul of this magnificent country. This second edition of Passage to Burma includes new photographs from Stulberg's latest travels abroad to this remarkable place.
Metamorphosis: Studies In Social And Political Change In Myanmar by Egretau, Renaud; Francois Robinne (Eds.)
The editors use the notion of metamorphosis to look at Myanmar today and tomorrow - a term that accommodates linear change, stubborn persistence and the possibility of dramatic transformation. Divided into four sections, on politics, identity and ethnic relations, social change in fields like education and medicine, and the evolutions of religious institutions, the volume takes a broad view, combining an anthropological approach with views from political scientists and historians. This volume is an essential guide to the political and social challenges ahead for Myanmar.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #17: Retired Military Officers In Myanmar's Parliament An Emerging Legislative Force? by Egreteau, Renaud
Retired military officers continue to wield considerable influence in Myanmar's post-junta politics. As former soldiers, they have developed a particular mindset and a specific view of society as well as of the place and policy role of the armed forces. Drawing on a series of recent interviews, as well as an initial analysis of individual legislative activities performed by Union-level legislators, this paper identifies three types of Burmese parliamentarians with military background: reluctant members of parliament, dutiful MPs and high-flying MPs.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #16: Chinese Investment And Myanmar's Shifting Political Landscape by Oh, Su-Ann; Philip Andrews-Speed
China has targeted Myanmar's resources to enhance and provide resources for its economic growth. Chinese investment in Myanmar intensified in the mid-2000s and has continued to increase. The largest increase in approved and actual Chinese FDI over the years has taken place in the energy, oil and gas, and mining sectors. Dramatic changes to contracts are more likely to take place with Chinese, and other, corporations that are involved in large-scale rather than small-scale projects. The changing political circumstances, with Myanmar no longer being reliant on a handful of countries for strategic and financial support and the necessity of taking into account the wishes of its electorate, means that the political landscape has shifted under the feet of stakeholders.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #15: Establishing Contemporary Chinese Life In Myanmar by Farrelly, Nicholas; Stephanie Olinga-Shannon
From 1985 the Chinese government adopted a proactive policy of engaging with Myanmar and encouraged its people to do the same. China has thus played a major role in Myanmar's recent evolution. Ethnic Chinese living in Myanmar are well aware that they are permanent outsiders in Myanmar society, even if their families have lived there for generations. The dichotomy persists between "Chinese" and "locals" and is reinforced through discriminatory laws, media and popular culture. The long-term situation of the Chinese in Myanmar remains profoundly unclear. Many of them appear to have determined that Myanmar will continue to be part of their plans, but that they are also seeking to remain mobile, able to seize new opportunities where they emerge.