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Korea and Myanmar: Different ways - Andray Abrahamian
North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are the most enigmatic and tragical tales in Asia. Burma was threatened internally: rebel groups collided with the Burmese authorities and with each other. To North Korea it was external: an enemy super power - the United States - and a much more effective competitor - South Korea, which occupies half of the Korea-Penninsula.
In the course of the years, Myanmar vanquished its foes and allowed it to investigate a kind of democratisation and open-mindedness that has lead to re-integration into the world community. Meanwhile, the North Korean government thinks that its atomic weapons stockpile - the main cause for its paria state - is essential for the country's continued existence.
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From April 11-19, two of Myanmar's most popular hits dramas,'A Thousand Day's Promise' and'Cinderella's Sister', will be broadcast on Myanmar's MRTV networking site during the Thingyan Watermanagerel. In April this year, two Korea plays will be broadcast on Myanmar's state TV station during the Burmese New Year's Eve Thingyan, the country's first year of New Year.
Between April 11 and 19, all 20 installments of "A Thousand Day's Promise" by Kim Soo-hyun and the 20 installments of "Cinderella's Sister" by Kim Kyu-wan from 2010 can be seen on the MRTV web site for Korea's comedians. In Myanmar, these shows will be made available through a new KOFICE (Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange) outreach.
It is distributing the popular TV shows to popular Korea free of charge in those regions where the country's folk popularity is growing. The Myanmar region, where the program is just starting, has up to 10 different daily TV channels and 90 per cent of Korea's overseas import of audio-visual material is made up of drama.
It is currently working with stations in Fiji, Jamaica, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh to make Korea's TV programmes accessible to locals.