Imprisoned with Books in Myanmar

Imprisoned with Books in Myanmar

So many of the formerly imprisoned writers and publishers I worked with have remarked on the impact the International Centre for the Red Cross made on their lives towards the beginning of the millennium. Those writers imprisoned in the 20th Century were denied the basic right of pen, paper and books, devising creative strategies such as mixing water with brick dust to create ink, and hiding scraps of paper in the cracks of the walls of their cells … 

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Ethnic Literature – From Policy to Action

Ethnic Literature – From Policy to Action

Two articles in the Myanmar press this week highlight the common disconnection between turning policy into action in the country. A Myanmar Times article describes a new push by the Ministry of Education to formalise the positions of teachers of ethnic languages and literatures from informal instructors (paid a poverty wage of 1 dollar a day) to teaching assistants with an increase in salary …

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