Prisms on the Golden Pagoda

Prisms on the Golden Pagoda

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Just as the prismatic effects of glass mosaics or mirrors produce the spectrums of colour that give Myanmara€™s pagodas their glittering iridescence, Prisms on the Golden Pagoda offers a spectrum of views on the countrya€™s national reconciliation process. Because many of Myanmara€™s outlying ethnic groups straddle the countrya€™s borders with neighbouring countries in South and Southeast Asia and with China, the outcome of this process is crucial not only for the countrya€™s current domestic liberalization but also for regional geopolitics. The editor of this volume, Kyaw Yin Hlaing is a US-trained academic who currently serves as an advisor to Myanmar's President. He has assembled contributions from veteran activists such as the Shan leader U Shwe Ohn, the Chin politician Lian H. Sakhong, Widura Thakin Chit Maung, once leader of Burma's qRed Socialistsq, and Thamarr Taman, formerly a senior civil servant. Commentary by the editor, and by Robert H Taylor and British diplomat-turned activist Derek Tonkin, explains the context and significance of these materials. By showing how the national reconciliation effort has been viewed inside the country, the contributors provide an important insidera€™s perspective on Myanmara€™s difficult legacies of violence and separatism.For instance, some members of KIA attended military training at a camp run by KNU. ... are determined to do everything they can to destabilize the government if they cannot find peaceful solutions to their problems with the government. ... Both the government and the ethnic groups accused each other of starting the fighting.

Title:Prisms on the Golden Pagoda
Author: Thamarr Taman, U Shwe Ohn, Widura Thakin Chit Maung, Robert H. Taylor, Derek Tonkin, Lian H. Sakhong
Publisher:NUS Press - 2014-08-18

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