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Myanmar Musings

Myanmar Musings is the world's leading podcast with researchers and thinkers on issues relating to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this show are those of the interviewees/guests and do not necessarily accord with those of the host or the Myanmar Research Centre.

Nov 17, 2019

What is the state of the tourism industry in Myanmar, 2019? We hear a lot about "zero-dollar tourism" in the media, but is it really such a problem? In this episode we chat about this, about over-tourism, under-tourism and sustainability with the Directors of two major tour operators here in Yangon: Edwin Briels,...

Aug 30, 2019

The Lisu are one of the many cultural groups making up the nation-state we call Myanmar. But information on this group - over a million-people strong - is not widely known in the English language. Michele Zack has written a monograph on the Lisu titled "The Lisu: Far From the Ruler" and discusses Lisu politics...

Jul 10, 2019

If you "own" a home in Yangon, you may not have the full rights to your property that you believe you have. In this episode Izzy Rhoads, a recent PhD graduate at King's College, London, discusses the colonial legacies and new developments in Yangon's property sector.

Jun 17, 2019

In this episode Dr Thomas Patton, Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong provides us with an overview of the Burmese weizza, otherwise known as wizards with superpowers. He recently published a book titled The Buddha’s Wizards: Magic, Protection, and...

Mar 11, 2019

There are now several groups within Myanmar pushing for women’s rights - but this was not always the case. Dr Elisabeth Olivius, Senior Lecturer in Peace & Conflict Studies at Umea University explains her research on diaspora gender activists and issues relating to their return to Myanmar.