Burmese film star turned political activist Kyaw Thu, who is in Seattle this month promoting a film about his life. (Courtesy photo by Myint Myint Khin Pe)

‘Burma’s Brad Pitt’ walks a fine line for political reform

Kyaw Thu, leading man of Burmese film, endured decades of blacklisting and imprisonment in one of the world’s toughest military regimes. He's in Seattle this month to share his story.
Sep 2, 2016
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, talks to reporters during the joint press conference with Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Naypyitaw, Myanmar August 30, 2016. (Photo by Reuters.)

UN chief calls for better conditions for Rohingya as Myanmar begins peace talks

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Myanmar to improve living conditions for its Rohingya Muslim minority.
Aug 31, 2016
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Anti-blackness: a world problem we are all connected to

What do beauty products in Burma have in common with rampant police brutality in the U.S. and world history? Anti-blackness.
Jul 26, 2016
Is Bill Gates really the face of global philanthropy? Gates addressed staff of the UK Department for International Development to highlight the importance of aid in October of 2010. (Photo republished under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

New fellowship aims to diversify a very white global philanthropy field

There’s no denying the power of purse strings. Those who control money control much of the world. And that’s as true for charity work as it is for politics or business. Here in Seattle, home to powerhouses like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we understand the global influence of foundation giving. But despite its […]
Jun 10, 2016
Myanmar's National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw February 1, 2016. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun for Reuters.)

Myanmar expectations high as Suu Kyi allies sworn in

The change comes after decades of struggle, but Aung San Suu Kyi's party still must share power with the army.
Feb 1, 2016
Supporters celebrate as they watch official results from the election in front of the National League for Democracy Party (NLD) head office in Yangon. (Photo by REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Why Seattle refugees aren’t all thrilled about the historic election in Burma

What does Seattle’s Burmese refugee population think about dramatic election results last week?
Nov 15, 2015
A family at a refugee camp in Thailand, where there are still 150,000 UN-recognized refugees unable to return home to Burma. (Photo by Mikhail Esteves)

Reacting to reforms in Burma, donors leave refugees high and dry

Seattleites are donating 'one night out' this weekend to help Burmese refugees who've been forgotten by big international donors.
Sep 12, 2014
Bread prepared for a workshop at The Grain Gathering. (Photo by Anna Goren)

At celebration of Washington wheat, author urges global food consciousness

Bread lovers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your grains.
Aug 28, 2014
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Photos: Kent youth ring in new year, Karen style

For the Burmese community in Kent, the Karen New Year is a chance to show off traditions that have long been repressed back in Myanmar.
Jan 12, 2014
Ma Myaw and her son William Hu are two of hundreds of refugees from Myanmar who have settled in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Burmese reforms haven’t stemmed flow of refugees to Washington

President Obama is on his way to Burma (aka Myanmar) on Monday for a six hour visit that will be the first by any sitting US president in history. According to Reuters, in advance of the visit the Burmese government plans to release some 452 prisoners, some of them political prisoners who will be granted […]
Nov 17, 2012
Bo Kyi was held by the Burmese military junta for seven years. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

10 questions for Burma human rights activist Bo Kyi

Bo Kyi, a renowned Burmese human rights activist, was in town last week on a speaking tour to raise awareness of the changing situation in Burma, and to help promote the new film Into the Current. Bo Kyi and filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy chose Seattle as a stop on their six city US tour for good […]
Mar 20, 2012