Expatriate in Myanmar (Burma) – A guide for newcomers

Author: Janice Merchant

Language: English

Summary: Expatriate in Myanmar (Burma) – A Guide for Newcomers contains over 360 pages of practical and timely information for those who want to learn more about the country, its culture and expatriate life in this newly emerging Southeast Asian frontier destination.

Inside this comprehensive book you will find accurate and up-to-date information to guide your move and stay in country. Each chapter has been well researched and fact-checked by in-country experts.

With over 60 color photographs, country, cultural and business overviews, maps, tables and useful appendices, this book will be your go to source for information both before and throughout your stay. – Source: Amazon.com

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from the land of green ghosts

From the land of green ghost: A Burmese odyssey

Author: Pascal Khoo Thwe

Language: English

Summary: In 1988, Dr. John Casey, a professor visiting Burma, meets a waiter in Mandalay with a passion for the works of James Joyce, and the encounter changes both their lives.

Pascal, a member of the Kayan Padaung tribe, was the first member of his community to study English at a university. Within months of his meeting with Dr. Casey, Pascal’s world lay in ruins. Burma’s military dictatorship forces him to sacrifice his studies, and the regime’s brutal armed forces murder his lover. Fleeing to the jungle, he becomes a guerrilla fighter in the life-or-death struggle against the government. In desperation, he writes a letter to the Englishman he met in Mandalay.

Miraculously reaching its destination, the letter leads to Pascal’s rescue and his enrollment in Cambridge University, where he is the first Burmese tribesman ever to attend.

From the Land of Green Ghosts unforgettably evokes the realities of life in modern-day Burma and one man’s long journey to freedom despite almost unimaginable odds.

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the glass palace

The glass palace

Author: Amitav Gosh

Language: English

Summary: Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her. The struggles that have made Burma, India, and Malaya the places they are today are illuminated in this wonderful novel by the writer Chitra Divakaruni calls “a master storyteller.” – Source: Amazon.com

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The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma

Author: Thant Myint-U

Language: English

Summary: What do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma’s past tell us about its present and even its future? For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma―through sanctions and tourist boycotts―only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship. Now Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, and the story of his own family, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Through his prominent family’s stories and those of others, he portrays Burma’s rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through a sixty-year civil war that continues today―the longest-running war anywhere in the world. The River of Lost Footsteps is a work at once personal and global, a “brisk, vivid history” (Philip Delves Broughton, The Wall Street Journal) that makes Burma accessible and enthralling. – Source: Amazon.com

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Smile as they bow

Author: Nu Nu Yi

Language: English

Summary: A spirit festival in a small Burmese village is the backdrop to this absorbing novel, one of the few books from Myanmar to have been translated into English. Nu Nu Yi’s sensual descriptions of the hustle and bustle of the event – to which people from all walks of life flock to pay dancers to perform as a way of atoning for their misdeeds and drawing down blessings – are a joy to read. The colourful setting is second only to the vitality of the central character, Daisy Bond, a foul-mouthed transgender spirit dancer with a talent for deception. Source: The Guardian

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