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    May 19, 2014  

    In the 1980s and ’90s, Kyaw Thu was one of Myanmar’s leading film stars, appearing in more than 200 movies. He was so popular that the military government cast him in several propaganda films. But when he turned down a role, it ended his acting career. Instead, he founded a service that provides funerals for those who can’t afford them. Jeffrey Brown tells the story of personal transformation. Continue reading

  • New political and economic freedoms in Myanmar have brought rapid changes to the city of Yangon.  The population of the city is expected to quadruple over the next 25 years and developers are eager to build new skyscrapers to accommodate the influx.  But some people are concerned that all of this new construction could threaten the city's architectural heritage -- and historical identity. Photo by Mary Jo Brooks/PBS NewsHour
    April 15, 2014  

    There is no urban landscape like Yangon in the world. Largely isolated from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar’s capital city has been frozen in time, filled with temples and grand buildings from the colonial era. But as the country embraces a more open society, how will it manage to preserve its past while building its future? Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • Restoration of damaged temples has been done very piecemeal, often with shoddy workmanship and not according to international standards.  “These are living places of worship,” Deputy Culture Minister Sanda Khin told the NewsHour. “Our ancestors just wanted to preserve their precious temples. They didn’t know about international standards.” Photo by Mary Jo Brooks/PBS NewsHour
    April 15, 2014   BY Mary Jo Brooks 

    With political reforms underway in Myanmar, the once closed-off country is opening up to the world. That process is raising a new concern: How will economic development impact the country’s architectural and archaeological past? Continue reading

    April 14, 2014  

    Myanmar, rocked by civil strife, has been kept isolated from the world for more than half a century. In recent years, however, the government has been proposing democratic reform and peace treaties with ethnic groups, prompting the U.S. to lift most sanctions. But how does a country move from being closed to being a more open society, and who is to gain? Jeffrey Brown reports from Myanmar.
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  • Jeffrey Brown, Maung Hla Thaung (center) and Ko Ko Gyi talk of politics, prison and late-blooming love. Photo by Mary Jo Brooks/PBS NewsHour
    March 20, 2014   BY Jeffrey Brown 

    Over breakfast with Maung Hla Thaung, a woodworker and designer, we talk about the political situation in Myanmar today and his work as a longtime opponent of the military regime. This is a man building furniture and, he hopes, political change. Continue reading

  • Tourists pay $350 for a 40-minute balloon ride at sunrise over the temples and pagodas in Bagan. Photo by Mary Jo Brooks/PBS NewsHour
    March 18, 2014   BY Jeffrey Brown 

    In Myanmar, some scholars worry that Bagan — the former capital of a powerful kingdom in medieval times — will be turned into a kind of theme park. Or that it will be “loved to death,” as has been the fate of some other great archaeological sites. Those concerns are being raised as this country begins, however tentatively, to open up. Continue reading

  • Rush hour in downtown Yangon means commuters jam small motor boats to cross the Yangon River. Photo by Mary Jo Brooks/PBS NewsHour
    March 17, 2014   BY Jeffrey Brown 

    We are in Myanmar to report on a country opening up to the world, politically, economically, and culturally. A ruthless military dictatorship clamped down on all opposition, prohibited free expression, and kept the country closed off and shrouded in a North Korean-like secrecy for more than five decades. That has begun to change in the last five years or so, dramatically in the last two. It’s tentative, uncertain – and some people we talk with are quick to doubt how far it will go – but it can be seen even in little ways and even in the first days here. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2013  

    The Rohingya, a Muslim group in Myanmar, are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. The recent target of ethnic cleansing, many have attempted to flee their country. John Sparks of Independent Television News reports on the dangerous journey the Rohingya face when they submit to traffickers to bring them to freedom. Continue reading

  • June 18, 2013  

    The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar has taken major steps to turn from a military dictatorship to a fledgling democracy. But that transition has also seen the rise of harrowing, deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports from Myanmar. Continue reading

  • May 20, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Myanmar President Thein Sein becomes the first leader of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to visit the White House in 47 years on Monday. Their meeting is viewed as an affirmation of the Southeast Asian nation’s democratic transition. Continue reading

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