Yangon’s thriving Chinatown shows how food can help heal scars of Myanmar’s past

After the anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s and years of discrimination, Chinese immigrants are now celebrating their identity and heritage through food. Yangon Chinatown’s food evolution illustrates the changing times of the country. Two days after the end of Chinese New Year, Rabbit Bakery is still busy churning out pastries for eager customers. Inside the […]

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong was one of the few Chinese migrants to succeed in colonial-era Burma, now Myanmar – which the British incorporated into its much bigger possession, India, and where Chinese were subordinate to Indians, in contrast to their status in other Southeast Asian cities. “Unlike the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, […]

Map App Offers Local Take to Travellers

With tourist season in full bloom, travellers have become an increasingly common sight around downtown Yangon – often with sunburned noses buried in city maps. But for those looking for more than the classic pictures of street names and must-see spots, a newly updated smartphone app called iDiscover CityWalks offers a community-centric alternative. The Hong […]

Southeast Asia’s First ‘Book Plaza’ to Open in Rangoon Early Next Year

RANGOON — A complex of businesses and event spaces aimed at book lovers, which developer U San Mon Aung has called Southeast Asia’s first “book plaza,” is set to open in downtown Rangoon’s Chinatown in early 2017. The Yangon Book Plaza will occupy a 100×200-foot space on the fifth floor of Than Market in Lanmadaw […]

Why Moe Satt Is Leading Myanmar’s Contemporary Art Scene

Sitting at an outdoor table in Yangon’s Chinatown, a plastic bag of fat, fried grasshoppers in front of him, Moe Satt makes a kissing sound three times in quick succession, summoning a waiter to order another round of beers. With friends he’ll sometimes do something different, snapping the middle finger of his left hand between […]