| Mar 9, 2014
Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, has made substantial progress in the last few years, moving from military rule toward democracy, releasing political prisoners and freeing from house arrest Nobel Prize-winning democracy activist Aung San...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:13 PM
BAGAN, Myanmar — Mr. Aye has a round, aged face and a wide, betel-nut-stained smile. Like many Burmese, he punctuates his speech with giggling, which can be alarming to a Westerner.
"Just three years ago, hehehe," he says, "if I'd been seen...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Before sitting down to write this, I took a quick look at the garments hanging in my closet. My shirts, skirts, slacks and dresses were made in India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and, of course, China. Mostly China. Only one item...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Ethnography, existential drama and a missing-persons story combine to mostly engaging effect in Thai arthouse entry "The Isthmus." Centered on a Bangkok mother who is compelled to take her young daughter to a Thailand-Burma border town following the death...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), one of Japan's five major commercial networks, and state-operated Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) have inked a cooperation pact encompassing news and programming contents.
The deal with MRTV is a first for a...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 7:28 AM
NEW DELHI -- Rushing to meet a self-imposed year-end deadline to release all political prisoners, Myanmar on Friday announced the release of 69 inmates from over a dozen jails nationwide, explaining in a statement that the move demonstrated the “...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The community was out of control -- the children, oh my goodness, the children, were sniffing gasoline and pretty much abandoning any pretense of a future -- and the social and criminal-justice systems were just adding to the problem. Nothing was working....
| Oct 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Those looking to vanish into an unfamiliar realm have a new vehicle: "Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia." The transcendent four-CD compilation and hardbound book collects nearly 100 early recordings from Burma, Cambodia, Thailand,...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 11:19 AM
YANGON, Myanmar -- Downtown Yangon’s famously snarled traffic came to a halt Tuesday morning to let a truck wreathed with pink lilies pass.
It was carrying the ashes of S.N. Goenka, the noted meditation guru who died last week in Mumbai, India, at...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Southern California, where President Obama's Affordable Care Act stumbled out of the gate with computer glitches, long hold times and an online enrollment delay for small businesses. At Corcoran State Prison,...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 8:00 AM
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — The Lady, uncharacteristically, is late.
But she is unflustered, graciously indulging the pack of photographers that follows as she glides out of her car, up a granite staircase and into her seat in the grand assembly hall....
| Oct 10, 2013
| 1:23 PM
President Obama's decision to skip two Asia-Pacific summits this week to deal with the U.S. government shutdown and threatened debt default allowed Chinese leaders to strut the world stage as regional superpower envoys and have their way on critical...