July 14, 1985
I enjoyed the article on Burma by Margaret Richardson (June 23). Your readers may be interested in knowing that if a person was born in Burma and then left the country and became a citizen of another country, the person can never enter Burma again. My wife was born in Burma and is now a U.S. citizen. She wants to visit Burma to show me the sights and where she grew up. However, despite numerous attempts we have been unable to obtain a visa for her. Your readers might also be interested to know that there is only one Burmese restaurant in California, in San Francisco.
August 12, 2007 |
Bagan, Myanmar My body was already a waterfall, and it was only 10:15 a.m. in the oven of Bagan, former imperial capital of Myanmar. Standing on the pedals of my rented one-speed girl's bike with a leopard-print seat, I dripped up an incline, passed a couple of bullocks on death's door pulling an ancient wooden cart and then swerved off the asphalt into sand as an air-conditioned bus filled with grinning foreign tourists blew by. The backdraft stirred...
July 28, 1987 |
Burmese military leaders arrived Monday in Bangkok for talks with senior Thai officials, including Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda. They were expected to discuss rebel groups, drug-trafficking and black-marketeering along the border.
August 4, 1988 |
Two Burmese rebel groups battling over the right to tax smugglers left hundreds killed or wounded in 11 days of fierce fighting near the Thai border, officials said Wednesday. Two Thai provincial officials said the fighting began July 23, when hundreds of Karen rebels pounded Mon rebels at the village of Ban Chedi, about 175 miles northwest of Bangkok, with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
August 6, 1997 |
It wasn't your everyday picnic. Instead of shorts and jeans, some of the women wore sarongs. Tables were covered with exotic Asian fabrics. And the food was even more exotic--chicken smothered in spices, noodle salad with mango dressing, jasmine rice flavored with coconut and served in an antique silver bowl from northern Thailand. Although the look and the flavors were tropical, the location was South Pasadena, the home of Molly Kellogg and her husband, landscape designer Mark Brownstein.
May 19, 1996 |
This 1956 picture is one of the great anti-war films--and one of the few to evoke a genuine sense of spiritual awakening--it was directed by Kon Ichikawa, who recently remade it. It is set in the final days of World War II in Burma, where a young Japanese soldier (Shoji Yasui, pictured) has embraced Buddhism and become dedicated to burying the dead instead of returning home. A haunting, elegaic reverie of a movie; its opening battle scenes recalling John Ford's cavalry westerns.