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!

General

On the Myanmar reforms: http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-awaits-freedom-65-years-after-independence/a-16494766

Timeline: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16546688

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

Yangon

Featured changemakers

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:

http://www.massviolence.org/The-repression-of-the-August-8-12-1988-8-8-88-uprising-in

http://www.oxfordburmaalliance.org/1988-uprising--1990-elections.html

More on The Shwedagon Pagoda

More on Bagan:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/trip-of-a-lifetime/10219012/Bagan-Trip-of-a-Lifetime.html

Karen State

Featured changemaker

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

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/burma-rohingya-migration-ban/395729/

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21659769-oppressed-myanmar-muslim-rohingyas-are-unwelcome-bangladesh-too-exile-island

Latest report on crisis in Kachin State.

More on recent Kachin State conflict

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/fighting-intensifies-in-myanmar-kokang-region/2685901.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/magazine/kokang-the-backstory.html

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

http://www.transparency.org/files/content/corruptionqas/349_Overview_of_corruption_in_Burma.pdf

A general background about Myanmar’s top businessmen and their involvement in the former military regime:

http://www2.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14151&page=1

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/KH26Ae01.html

Background on Salween Dams:

http://www.voanews.com/media/photogallery/2813179.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jan/29/china-salween-river-hydro-dams

http://news.mongabay.com/2015/04/dam-proposals-for-salween-river-threaten-tentative-ceasefire-between-myanmar-government-and-minority-groups/

Local effects of the Hatgyi dam:

http://www.khrg.org/2014/06/13-7-nb1/hatgyi-dam-update-and-consultation-concerns-december-2011-may-2013

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/thai-burmese-villagers-fear-secretive-salween-dam-project.html

http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0421-gaworecki-salween-river-dams.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/controversial-hat-gyi-dam-blamed-karen-conflict.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/refugees/peace-be-dammed.html

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

Mawlamyine

Featured changemaker

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:

Community Partners International

Girls Determined

Free Burma Rangers

Zwegabin Myay

Gender Equality Network

Akhaya Women Myanmar

Tounge La Yat Academy, Hpa’an

Turning Tables

Fortify Rights

Partners Relief and Development, Myanmar

Kintha Development Initiative & Mote Oo Education Myanmar