Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

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A post from the archives

1927

Nobel Prize Winner Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once lived in Rangoon
Nobel Prize Winner Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once lived in Rangoon
In 1927, the Chilean poet and future Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda arrived in Rangoon. He was 23 and had just been appointed the new Chilean Consul in Burma. It was not a very important job and he was paid very little. He lived for 18 months in an apartment at the corner of Dalhousie and Brooking Streets. (I lived at the same address 2013-2015, the top apartment in the photograph). This is one of his poems. Rangoon, 1927 I came...

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The aim of this website is to promote interest in Myanmar's amazing history.Our hope is to challenge the often two-dimensional and uncritical views of history taught in Myanmar by reexamining key periods in the country's past. We would like as well to reveal the rich multicultural nature of Myanmar's history and its deep and ongoing ties to global events and trends.Finally, this website will also delve into the history of neighbouring regions, such as Yunnan in China and the Northeast in India, in the hope of introducing these places to a Myanmar audience.We believe that meeting Myanmar's many challenges today will require fresh imaginative thinking. This is turn will only be possible with a clear and critical understanding of Myanmar and global history.

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