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Money, dreams and gold: Burma's changing face
This is my latest publication, the fruit of five years of life and work in Southeast Asia, located in Singapore. In September 2010 I came to the area and expected Burma (or Myanmar, as most Burmese now call it), as it has been for centuries, to be far beyond its borders and that I rarely and always have to creep in secret, as all international media had to do in those distant times of President Than Shwe's harassing army regimes.
General Thein Sein's appointment as president in March 2011 accelerated the reform process, and when Hillary Clinton, then US Secretary of State, came to Burma in November this year, the transition was in full progress. These are excerpts from some of the book's critiques, from UK and Asia sources:
The majority of them are focused on one particular aspect - either the lives of Burmese democratic leaders Aung San Suu Kyi, the fight for democracies waged by her supporters in the heart of Burma, or the distress of one or other of Burma's indigenous groups on its periphery. Haemoglobin, dreams and gold is a scarce exceptional........
In view of the exceptional election in Burma last November, in which Aung San Suu Kyi and her political group won such an resounding triumph, she provides a precious account of Burma's path so far. "It is a much-loved introductory course to Myanmar's past, policies and culture, as well as an in-depth scholarly work.
Plays from the Myanmar, Yangon history: Regional Centre for Tradition and Culture, 2004). Sometimes the discussion of races and questions of racial origin is a little shallow - for example with regard to the Kachin (124-126) and Karen (133-139) - but these are small mistakes in an otherwise useful and interesting work. He explains how Myanmar's multi-layered transformation has started in a number of ways:
This was a pluralistic company that even had a Jew major in 1910. They were unfamiliar with this pluralistic and lively world. The Burmese were expelled from Rangoon because of such a grudge that after the disappearance of British security after the 1948 independent regime, consecutive government and army leaders tried to reverse everything that had to do with these foreign issues of Rangoon, beginning with the displacement of most of Rangoon's indigenous people.
A lot of the communities never wanted to belong to Myanmar, but were convinced by General Aung San, the ancestor of Ms. Suu Kyi, to join them after they had promised them full independence and, in the case of the Shan, even the right to secession. They ranged from Kachin fighters who worked with the British during World War II against Gen Aung San's Japan and Burma armies - until March 1945 allies with the Japanese forces - to disasterous drugs policy survivors who made parts of northwestern Myanmar centers of the heroine and metamaporam.
Myanmar has never been a tranquil, prosperous, well-functioning national state, and an electoral process can only be a stage in its work over. It is in two parts. "The first three sections can certainly be skipped by those who have a solid foundation in Burma's story. It is not a general story, but one for analytical purposes.
Sections four and five deal with the peacemaking processes with ethnical secessionists in Kachin, Karen and Shan states. Myanmar is a country that pledges to put Myanmar on the maps for many people and to fill a series of gaps in our understandings of the current policy shift. From Yangon, Blood, Dreams and Gold:
Yale University Press's The Changing Face of Burma partly recounts Myanmar's post-reform history through itsography. It is a contemporary work. There are more comments and feature on the book: