Yangon’s colonial-era General Post Office played a key role in opening the isolated former kingdom up to the rest of the world, despite wars and disruption.
29 The News For 29 January 2020
On this day in 1946, U Saw, leader of British Burma, came home after spending World War II in a British prison in Uganda for saying he would support Japan if it invaded Burma.
On this day in 1978, then Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping arrived in Myanmar on a six-day goodwill visit as tensions rose between Moscow and Beijing.
On this day in 1951, US medic Gordon Seagrave was jailed for treason because of his devotion to the health of Shan hill tribes.
It is 114 years since the opening of Yangon’s zoo, which is the oldest in Southeast Asia. The zoo has survived World War II and attempts to relocate it to the suburbs.
President Xi Jinping is likely to secure agreements on six key BRI projects when he makes the first visit by a Chinese head of state in nearly two decades this week.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China. The Irrawaddy presents a timeline of key events.
On this day in 1938, Burmah Oil workers in Magwe Region went on strike to demand better treatment. The strike spread into a wider movement against British colonial rule.
The Irrawaddy offers a selection of analyses, commentaries and interviews published in 2019 that shed light on key issues likely to continue shaping the nation this year.
On this day in 1931, a brawl triggered 10 days of anti-Chinese riots in Yangon that left 14 people dead; Burmese residents complained the British favored the Chinese.
On this day in 1886, the British announced the annexation of upper Myanmar, officially completing their colonial conquest but also triggering key nationalist movements.
The Irrawaddy presents a compilation of our most-viewed features, analyses, commentaries and lifestyle articles from 2019.
The Irrawaddy looks back at the people and issues that dominated the headlines in 2019.
On this day in 1988, Daw Khin Kyi, the widow of national hero Gen. Aung San, died, causing dilemmas for the ruling generals.
When Myanmar’s Women Were Given a Seat at the Table
Women Photographers Expose a Different Side of Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties
‘Women in Leadership Positions Must Speak for All Women’
Fostering Pride in the Art of Chin Textile Weaving
After Four Years in a British Prison in Uganda, Myanmar’s ex-Premier Came Home
The Day Deng Xiaoping Arrived to Bolster Ties With Myanmar
The Day When a US Medic was Jailed in Myanmar for Treason
The Day Myanmar’s Oil Workers Downed Tools
Yangon Zoo, the Oldest One in Southeast Asia
Independence Monument—Symbol of Myanmar’s Sovereignty