Yangon University is modelled on Oxford, but there are no dreaming spires

Walking around Yangon, though there are the affluent areas and fast food restaurants that exist in nearly all big cities, these areas are few and far between. Poverty pervades in this former capital city to a greater extent than in many of its Southeast Asian counterparts. The military regime, though removed in 2013, has had […]

Paw San Rice: Myanmar’s ticket back to the international stage?

It all started with a plate of fried rice. It was a simple, perfectly balanced dish: a handful of plump prawns, some shallots and diced vegetables. All resting atop a mound of fragrant (and locally grown), long-grained Paw San rice, with each grain distinct and curling at the ends like a baroque version of Basmati. […]

Myanmar Has a Key Role to Play in ‘Club Asia’ as Tourism in the Region Booms

​​ Many moons ago Singapore’s then prime minister tried to encourage the government to develop Myanmar’s tourism sector, writes Lars Henriksson. He’s finally getting his wish. In the book General Ne Win: A Political Biog­raphy academic Robert H. Taylor writes that “on 16 January 1986, Singa­pore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited Ne Win at his home […]

What the US can learn from Myanmar about infrastructure investment

America’s infrastructure is headed down a bumpy road, and unless the country takes drastic action to fix its ailing transport, water, and other infrastructure systems, it might well wind up with the types of struggles I’ve witnessed recently in Myanmar. I am here in Myanmar teaching an international business class for our MBA students as […]

What About the Chinese Immigrants Caught in Myanmar’s Crossfire?

​​ Huang Yanling’s grandparents had thought they could never return home to China when they sought asylum in Myanmar almost six decades ago. The pair from Tengchong, in Yunnan ( 雲南 ) province, were driven out of the country along with countless others when a nationwide famine hit as a result of Mao Zedong’s ( […]

Myanmar’s new dawn: timeline of a troubled nation

YANGON – Myanmar entered a new era on Wednesday as the first civilian-led government took over with the swearing in of Aung San Suu Kyi’s proxy president Htin Kyaw, officially ending decades of brutal and isolationist military control. Here is a timeline of a nation that went from colony to military dictatorship, but has begun […]

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, […]

A taxing matter for the real estate sector

Will the assessment scheme halt soaring land prices? Real estate agents say a government move to generate more taxation revenue from property transactions has assessed the value of land, houses and apartments in Yangon at about 40 percent of market prices. The reaction follows the release by the Ministry of Revenue and Finance in September […]

Serge Pun Constructs A Real-Estate Empire In Myanmar

The road to Star City is a rutted two-lane highway that threads past the ragtag outskirts of Yangon, crosses two rusted bridges and ends, almost an hour later, at a slick showroom on a grassy riverbank. A roadside billboard welcomes me to “A Model City of Tomorrow.” After a bumpy ride in monsoon rains the […]