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Htein Lin: Still thought-provoking, still leading the contemporary

Htein Lin, though he requires no introduction, is a former activist, student soldier and political prisoner (along with other things) who is today considered to be Myanmar’s premier contemporary artist and of...

Facing the future: Preserving the past

After visiting family living in Myanmar, artist Julie-Ann Pedida fell in love with the country and decided to stay on permanently in 2015. She then began working on a collection of portraits of the...

Christina Kyi: Behind the scenes

Christina Kyi’s rise from unknown filmmaker to household name was a slow burning fuse – but one that eventually detonated a fireworks display. Rumours of her debut film Mudras Calling first circulated in 2014...

Fragrant Harbor

Hong Kong literally means ‘Fragrant Harbor’ in Chinese, which is fitting for an island teeming with glorious food stalls that waft heavenly scents down its streets. Lining these streets are gleaming skyscrapers sitting side-by-side...

Culinary cultures

Ethnic food of Myanmar conjures up a cornucopia of flavors and traditions that are now becoming easier to try in Yangon thanks to people of the different states and regions establishing eateries in the...

Chef Orng column: Mushrooms and mangoes

MYANMORE Chef of the Year 2018 award winner Chef Orng mulls the fresh produce brought by the first rains of the year. After the grind of the last few months, our team welcomed the Thingyan...

Art studio prepares plastic waste installation for World Environment Day

Art studio and gallery Wired on 39 is collecting plastic bags and bottles to make art installation for World Environment Day on Tuesday, June 5. The studio, which is known for its striking wire sculptures,...

800 Bowls review: ‘Reliably-tasty Chinese food in the heart of downtown’

This reviewer is careful of hyperbole and cautious of overstatement but, in my opinion, 800 Bowls is the best Chinese restaurant in the city. In the year since it opened it has, to my knowledge, served...

Balancing beauty and business

James Fable heads for Rakhine State’s second largest city, Kyaukphyu, where business interests bring a mixture of financial hope and risk to the local eco-system. Photos by the writer. Although the Rakhine coastline is endowed...

Remembering Thingyan Moe

In 1983 a film was shot in Mandalay that still resonates with the Myanmar public more than three decades after its release—in fact, it is replayed on TV almost repetitively this time of year. Thingyan...