How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

When you look up the word “open” in the dictionary, it is defined as “to allow access and a passage”. After being closed off from my native land for more than 20 years, going back to Burma (also known as Myanmar) with the Open Hands Initiative (OHI) and GlobalPost not only gave me the chance … Continue reading How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

Journeys through Myanmar: Departure Day

On a sunny Sunday morning, the remaining teams of fellows departed on their journeys across Myanmar to uncover the country’s most fascinating stories of transition. One team remains in Yangon, but luckily, have a bright, clear day on which to start their reporting. Another team heads to cover the capitals–starting in the ancient city of … Continue reading Journeys through Myanmar: Departure Day

Off to the Burma Road

On the 4th day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Cultural Exchange and Reporting Fellowship, the fellows had their last formal presentation from a guest speaker, thereby concluding the in-class workshop portion of the program. Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, Parliamentarian, is an expert on law and women’s rights and empowerment in Myanmar. Her presentation … Continue reading Off to the Burma Road

Stories from Myanmar’s Past & Present

On the third day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Reporting Fellowship in Myanmar, the fellows had the opportunity to explore their craft further out in the field. Guided by their instructors, the teams set out into the city to gather sound, take photos, film scenes of daily life, and conduct interviews with Yangon … Continue reading Stories from Myanmar’s Past & Present

Exploring Culture & Craft: Day 2 of “Burma Telling Its Own Story”

On the second day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Cultural Exchange and Reporting Fellowship in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the fellows had an opportunity to get out of the Savoy Hotel and visit one of Yangon’s most notable holy places–and tourist attractions. Shwedagon Pagoda, a glistening stupa made from four tons of gold, … Continue reading Exploring Culture & Craft: Day 2 of “Burma Telling Its Own Story”