A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

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 […]

Meet the New Rich…in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — On this balmy Saturday evening at Yangon’s Wardan jetty, dock workers have momentarily stopped loading and unloading crates from rickety fishing boats. Vegetable sellers that line the dusty road by the Yangon River are sitting quiet, and trishaw drivers, too, have stopped shouting out at passersby to offer them rides. Instead, they […]