It has been a month since I started my fieldwork in early October. So far my life in Myanmar had been great! Other than fieldwork, I’ve had much fun travelling around town and meeting new people. Even though I’m starting to get used to the environment, I still find the new cultural experiences to be … Continue reading My fieldwork in Myanmar begins!
I have just returned to Hong Kong after a short pre-fieldwork trip to Myanmar. The reason for this trip is twofold: to gain some understanding of the garment-manufacturing factory that I would be conducting fieldwork in, and to visit in person a university near the factory (called University of Pakokku) for seeking collaboration opportunities. It … Continue reading Pre-fieldwork Trip
When measured on the individualism-collectivism scale, Myanmar largely falls in the realm of collectivism, especially when compared against Western societies. However, Myanmar’s unique culture and history instils traits of individualism into its belief system, and sets it apart from East Asian collectivist cultures such as China and Japan. At first glance, Burmese culture and society … Continue reading Karma: Individualism in the Culture of Myanmar
The development of democracy in Myanmar had for years captured attention of the world. With Myanmar on the path of democratisation and economic liberalisation since the reforms in 2011, Myanmar’s foundation of democratic stability and economic development will depend on the country’s legal environment. Drawing its roots from the Buddhist law tradition of Dhammathats, the … Continue reading Myanmar’s legal culture under the spotlight