My Myanmar Days Ep 3: Corporal punishment in the good ol’ land of the pagodas

No matter where I am, Burma is where I grew up and it’s my home. And thinking about Burma and going to school there is incomplete without the memories of corporal punishment my friends and I endured. Government school teachers in Burma are like ninjas without a cause. They’re swift and you don’t know when…

My Myanmar Days Ep 2: My days as a nun

In Myanmar, it is a custom for young Buddhist girls to enter temporary nunhood or get ordained as a novice monk for boys. My family being a Buddhist also meant that it was imminent that one day soon we will have to shave our heads and so we did one summer. Turned out I was…

My Myanmar Days Ep 1: Secret Video Tape Rental Annexes

Recently I started talking to a friend and he has a really good way of drawing out my very fond memories of growing up in the 1990s Myanmar. Since then I have been thinking a lot about the uniqueness and the gift of being born Myanmar and growing up in Yangon. So I decided that…