As Myanmar emerges from its decades-long military dictatorship and embraces rapid economical change, its citizens strive to adapt to an ostensibly more liberated and open way of life. The country is redefining its identity, and this change is most reflective in its teenagers. Often considered the canaries in the mine for social change, teenagers, by nature, are also in the process finding their identity. Yeir Yint Aung Damian has Western dreams and local concerns. His struggles are both a part of normal teenage life, but also mirror the conflicting ideology of a country undergoing rapid change. He will begin at the University of East Yangon in the fall, where he hopes to study musicology.
The parents of a Oo after all these years finally laid her soul to rest this week. YANGON, Myanmar — Dying from soldiers' bullets, the young protester told her father not to lay her soul to rest until democracy reigned in her homeland, Myanmar. It has taken 28 years, but it is done. The time was finally right to perform a funeral ceremony for year-old Win Maw Oo when the National League for Democracy party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi came to power this year, after decades of bitter struggle.
One day in June , Swe Win, chief correspondent for independent news agency Myanmar Now, walked into a tailor shop in downtown Yangon. He announced that he was a businessman going to Europe for the first time, and he wanted to order the most expensive suits available. While the colleague who accompanied him made small talk, Swe Win requested a catalog of fabrics. He saw a second girl up close when she emerged from the kitchen.
One of five daughters, the year-old grew up in Nyaung Tone township in Ayeyarwaddy division obsessed with football in a country that often frowns on women playing sport. Although her parents wanted her to go to university she had other ideas, with her grandfather, an ex-player, the only family member to support her ambitions. However, San Thaw Thaw is only too aware of the challenges for girls wanting to follow their footballing aspirations in Myanmar.