New York City-based composer Kevin James’s Vanishing Languages Project explores the musicality in four endangered languages.
About a half million people in Myanmar, also known as Burma, devote their lives to Buddhist practice and live in monasteries. Bruce Wallace has the story of two monks who are about to “graduate” and are trying to figure out what’s next for them.
The members of The Yellow Dogs fled Tehran’s underground rock scene after being featured in a movie about that scene. They’re now based in Brooklyn, touring the US, and living the dream.
There is every expectation that Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein will be invited to the White House this month. If it happens, it will be historic: the first state visit by a Burmese leader since 1966. But amid the anticipation is deep concern over a sharp spike in communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. It started a few months ago in western Myanmar, also known as Burma, but has spread to the central part of the country.
You drive west from Lafayette for about 20 minutes, then north for about 40. You drive through Acadia Parish and into Evangeline Parish, through fields of rice and long, shallow crawfish ponds [...]
The crowd was getting a little restless by the time the Nimbaya drum and dance group stepped onto the stage for the Festival International de Louisiane [...]
We first told you about the pop group the Me N Ma Girls early last year. Their career was taking off just as their country, Burma, was in emerging from decades of military rule. There have been some big changes in the country and for the group since then, including their first show in the US.
This year’s Iranian presidential election may be headed for a town near you. 65-year-old Iranian-American Hooshang Amirahmadi is running for president of Iran.
Maqam is an Arabic musical term and for the past two years there’s been a festival in New York devoted to it. Reporter Bruce Wallace attended this year’s Maqam Fest to find out what maqam is exactly.
Myanmar is getting high marks for reform. political and otherwise. Among the government’s flurry of activities is a wide-ranging review of its education system. Schools run by Buddhist monks – monastic schools – are likely to play a large part in education reform, as Bruce Wallace reports.
Our Geo Quiz takes you to Myanmar’s cultural capital, Mandalay. It’s a modern city that’s home to many traditional artists and performers, museums and monasteries. Bruce Wallace traveled there to see how the political changes happening elsewhere in the country are impacting Mandalay.
A recent uptick in fighting between the Myanmar military and Kachin Independence Army has brought long-simmering tensions back to the surface, and highlights how much work remains to be done as the country tries to shed its militarized past.
Longtime government opponents in Myanmar’s National League for Democracy are settling into new roles as elected officials.
Migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos make up about 10 percent of Thailand’s workforce. But now that Thailand has increased its minimum wage, it’s also making it harder for immigrant workers to stay.
Tazaungdaing, also called Myanmar’s Festival of Lights, happens every year on the full moon day at the end of the eighth month of the Burmese Buddhist calendar.