Learn more about Myanmar
Here, you’ll find links to our changemakers’ websites as well as some links to topics mentioned in the episode, in the order in which they appeared. Thanks for digging deeper, and feel free to get in touch with any questions!
On the Myanmar reforms: http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-awaits-freedom-65-years-after-independence/a-16494766
A concise history of Burmese independence
With a GDP per capita of around $1,490 in 2013, Myanmar is rated 23rd poorest out of 184 countries: https://www.gfmag.com/global-data/economic-data/the-poorest-countries-in-the-world
Joseph Wah works for Burma Partnership, a network of organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region advocating and mobilizing a movement for democracy and human rights in Burma.
Bo Bo works for the Golden Harp Taxi Service, formed by members of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which advocates for the release of all remaining political prisoners in Burma and for the improvement of their quality of life during and after incarceration.
On the 1988 pro-democracy Uprising:
More on The Shwedagon Pagoda
More on Bagan:
Saw Tha Poe works for the Karen Environment and Social Action Network, a community-based, non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to improve livelihood security and to gain respect for indigenous people’s knowledge and rights in Karen State.
More info on ethnic groups in Myanmar: http://www.minorityrights.org/3546/briefing-papers/minorities-in-burma.html
On the “slow genocide” happening in Rakhine State: https://euroburmaoffice.s3.amazonaws.com/filer_public/54/7d/547d0daf-2f00-4e5d-ab45-18af54e68d5a/brouk_-_united_nations_expert_-_280414.pdf
Latest report on crisis in Kachin State.
On recent Kokang (Shan State) fighting:
In February 2015, fighting broke out between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Myanmar Armed Forces. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Kokang_offensive
Karen lifestyle: http://www.karen.org.au/karen_people.htm
Background on the Karen civil war: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2011/08/201181073919760492.html
Recent fighting in Karen State: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/613352/karen-rebels-open-talks-to-halt-fighting
Background on corruption in Myanmar: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/06/us-myanmar-corruption-idUSBREA450DS20140506
A general background about Myanmar’s top businessmen and their involvement in the former military regime:
Background on Salween Dams:
Local effects of the Hatgyi dam:
Background on land confiscation in Karen State: http://www.khrg.org/2015/06/with-only-our-voices-what-can-we-do-land-confiscation-and-local-response
Point B Training + Design trains change agents of tomorrow in the tools and processes needed to identify problems within their communities, gather information, make ideas tangible and continue to improve them by engaging local partners.
For more on Point B’s garbage project: www.facebook.com/OpenReDesign
The Reclining Buddha on the outskirts of Mawlaymyine is said to be the largest reclining Buddha in the world. It’s 180 meters long (so not quite double the size of a football field, but close!)
About Golden Rock
Finally… there are so many amazing organizations doing great work in Myanmar. Here are just a few: