An Old Letter from Burma


In light of all the news coming in from Myanmar, I thought it apt to share this piece, written by imprisoned Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, way back in 1996.

Letter from Burma (No. 21)
by Aung San Suu Kyi
Mainichi Daily News, Sunday, April 14, 1996

Tea plays a very important part in the social life of Burma. A pot of green tea, refilled again and again, is the hub of many an animated circle of conversation. There is also pickled tea leaves, /laphet/, soaked in good oil and served with such garnishes as sesame seeds, dried shrimps, roasted beans, peanuts and crisp fried garlic. It is indispensable as a traditional offering of hospitality, either as a conclusion to a meal or as a savory snack between meals. [read the full article]

Burma protests
[see the latest photos as developments unfold in Burma, from citizen journalist and Flickr user gmhembree]

I’d also recommend reading Jawahara’s excellent post on Burma’s brave, brave monks, and checking out these stunning photos of Burma.


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