Inside Burma’s pawn shop culture: ‘We wouldn’t accept filthy kitchen utensils, or used underwear’

In an unlicensed pawnshop in Kungyangon, southern Burma, a carrier bag full of empty cassette tape cases sits coated in a thick layer of dust on a top shelf. The cases still have their sleeves, featuring cheesy mug shots of Burmese pop stars from days gone by. These obsolete little artefacts are not forgotten junk, […]