Lack of safety measures threatens shopping malls

Despite Myanmar’s softer-than-expected growth, there are still fairly visible developments compared to the years before 2010. A rise in the number of shopping malls is a striking testimony to the recent economic changes of Yangon. This trend has intensified since 2012, when plush shopping malls started reaching beyond downtown into other areas of the city. […]

Myanmar’s mixed messages

“Just jump in any taxi and I’ll tell you what you’re going to see,” says John Lwin, the flamboyant founder of Star Event Production, a local company that has become something of a one-stop-shop for Myanmar’s fledgling fashion industry. “You’ll see a monk in a traditional orange tunic, teenagers wearing jeans, kids playing football wearing […]

Thai singer Bird flies to Yangon

Age has not withered him, nor custom staled the infinite variety of Thongchai McIntyre. The Thai singer and actor, very big in Myanmar in the 1990s, looks no older now. “Sabai Sabai” and “Kob Jai Jing Jing” were most popular songs in his repertoire. On March 29 Thongchai met first with fans at the airport, […]