Thant Myint-U: ‘The Number One Challenge is De-Isolation’

RANGOON — With a new government still almost six weeks from taking power, The Irrawaddy’s founding editor-in-chief Aung Zaw speaks with author and founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust Thant Myint-U on the country’s challenges and economic outlook, the peace process and relations with China. Following is an edited transcript of a longer interview, which […]

Line’s instant messaging software aims to take on local leader Viber

Instant messaging service Line aims to give Viber a run for its money after launching in Myanmar on March 24. The service is available on iOS and Android, and aims to woo users partly through its in-app innovations such as group chat and a range of emojis, or small graphics that can be interspersed in […]

Can a Third-World Nation Handle a ‘Hipster Restaurant Empire’?

What is a Hawaiian-born Harvard graduate doing cooking Korean Cubano sandwiches out of a food truck in Myanmar? The Burmese government seems to be grappling with this same question. Even after Yangon officials declined to extend his pop-up Port Autonomy’s lease last month, chef Kevin Ching is on a mission to stake his claim in […]