Contemporary Myanmar and the World (1962-2018)
7 December 1970
Announcement for switching driving lanes
On 7 December 1970, Myanmar switches to right lane drive. (But the cars stay the same). (Photo credit: Renaud Egreteau)
From Mandalay Hill 1971.
(photo credit: Boston University’s International Center for East Asian Archeology and Cultural History)
Before almost any tourists: Pagan (Bagan) 1972. (Photo credit Nick DeWolf)
Rangoon 1972 (photo credit: Nick DeWolf)
From the National Geographic in 1974.
I think it's Merchant Street near Mughal Street. (credit Nick DeWolf).
Rangoon 1975 by the Japanese photographer Hiroji Kubota.
Prome Road traffic jam c. 1975.
Driving to the Shwedagon 1978. (credit: Fotorus)
1978: Sule Pagoda roundabout at rush hour.
Burmese kids on a bus 1980. They are somewhere between Mandalay and Pagan/Nyaung-U.
Raining in Rangoon c. 1980
Morning in Rangoon 1983. (Credit Michael Foley)
Rangoon style 1984 (National Geographic).
The corner of Dalhousie and Judah Ezekiel streets (now Mahabandoola and Theinbyu) c. 1986, with the YMCA in the background. (Photo credit: Coyolicatzin)
Rangoon 1986 (credit: Coyolicatzin)
Downtown Mandalay, 1986
18 September 1988
19 September 1988
2 May 2008
On 2 May 2008, more than 100,000 men, women and children lost their lives as Cyclone Nargis devastaed the Irrawaddy delta. It should always be remembered as one of the most tragic events in Myanmar history. Many of the poorest families that were affected have still not recovered. But I believe as well that the immediate aftermath of Nargis set in motion certain dynamics that led directly to the positive changes of 2011-2. Nargis should also serve as a wake-up...