Around the World – Burma/Myanmar

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The Burmese city of Bagan

We rejoin our tour around the world with a stop in Burma, located in Indochina. A military junta took over the country in 1989 and changed the country’s name to Myanmar, but several Western countries, including the U.S., have refused to recognize the change. The ruling party has  also refused to give up its power, even in the face of defeat at the polls. The leader of the democratic opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi, has virtually lived under house arrest since 1989. The upheaval has created many problems in Burma; a cyclone devastated the country, leaving more than 200,000 people dead. The military junta refused most offers of help, allowing the UN in only after holding all aid off for almost a week. Here are some other facts about Burma:

  • Rice and rubies are two of the biggest exported products.
  • Although many religions are tolerated in Burma, most Christians and Muslims face discrimination, as many non-Buddhists are denied government jobs.
  • Forests, most tropical, cover over almost half of the land area of the country.

Read more here:


Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia’s Forbidden Wilderness by Alan Rabinowitz

Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle

Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Steinberg

Burmese Lessons: A True Love Story by Karen Connelly

Everything is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma by Emma Larkin

Freedom From Fear: And Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi

From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe

Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed by Alan Rabinowitz

Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Prisoner of Conscience by Justin Wintle

The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma by Myint-U Thant

The Trouser People: A Story of Burma – In the Shadow of the Empire by Andrew Marshall

The Weeping Goldsmith: Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar by W. John Kress



Burmese Days by George Orwell

Flame Tree: A Novel of Modern Burma by Keith Dahlberg

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover

The Lizard Cage: A Novel by Karen Connelly

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan



BBC: Burma

CIA: World Factbook – Burma

Lonely Planet Travel: Myanmar/Burma

US Campaign for Burma

Wikipedia: Burma

One response to this post.

  1. […] Just to recap, we’ve visited Nepal, Botswana, Portugal, Paris (France),  Belize, and Burma. I’ve been having so much fun – and learning a ton – that I may just continue […]


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