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Title: Comic Culture in Myanmar: When Lines Shine a Light in the Darkness
Date of publication: 01 May 2014
Description/subject: "Comic books and publications were once the lifeblood of Myanmar pop culture. Everyone loved comic books, and not simply as reading material. If a young man wanted to send a girl a love letter, the best way was by giving her a comic book. Myanmar’s deep-seated traditions made it very risky to send a love letter. Quite possibly, a girl would refuse a love letter, but accept a comic book, as comic books were the main entertainment for young people during the 1970s and 1980s. Those boys who were first to get the new comic books when they were published each week had the best chance at sending a love letter to a girl. Many Burmese between 40 and 50 years of age will recall this experience when thinking about the importance of comics in Myanmar..."
Author/creator: Aung Soe Min, Courtney Wittekind
Language: English
Source/publisher: Goethe Institut
Alternate URLs: https://www.goethe.de
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016

Title: Par Par Lay: The Power of Laughter
Date of publication: 24 January 2013
Description/subject: "ပါပါေလး ျမန္မာ့အႏုပညာေလာကမွာ ကိုယ္တတ္စြမ္းတဲ့အႏုပညာနဲ႔ ကိုယ္ယံုၾကည္ရာကိုေဖာ္ထုတ္မိလို႔ ေထာင္သြင္း အက်ဥ္းခ်ခံခဲ့ရသူေတြထဲမွာ မႏၱေလးကလူရႊင္ေတာ္ဦးပါပါေလးလည္းတေယာက္ အပါအ၀င္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဦးပါပါေလးဟာ လူရႊင္ေတာ္မ်ိဳးရိုးကဆင္းသက္ခဲ့သူျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဘိုးနဲ႔အေဖတို႔ကလူရႊင္ေတာ္ေတြျဖစ္ခဲ့သလို ဦးပါပါေလးနဲ႔ညီ ဦးလူေမာ္၊ ညီတ၀မ္းကြဲဦးလူေဇာ္တို႔ဟာလည္း ႏႈတ္ခမ္းေမႊးညီေနာင္မ်ားဆိုတဲ့အၿငိမ့္အဖြဲ႕တည္ ေထာင္ၿပီး လူရႊင္ေတာ္မ်ားအျဖစ္ အသက္ေမြးၾကပါတယ္။ သူတို႔ညီအကိုေတြရဲ႕အိမ္ေထာင္ဖက္ေတြကလည္း အကပညာရွင္ေတြျဖစ္ၾကပါတယ္။..."
Author/creator: Khet Mar
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Sampsonia Way
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.sampsoniaway.org
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016

Title: Zarganar of Burma & Burmese People
Date of publication: August 2007
Description/subject: လူရႊင္ေတာ္ဇာဂနာ၏ ပ်က္လံုးမ်ား၊ အၿငိမ့္မ်ားႏွင့္ အေရးယူခံရမႈမ်ား ...
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: zarganar-windoor.blogspot.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 31 July 2012

Individual Documents

Title: 'A Man Without a Head Can Run Burma’
Date of publication: February 2008
Description/subject: "Burmese comedians’ political satire reveals how the people think and how their rulers live in fear... An American without legs can climb Mount Everest,” the American president said proudly at a gathering of statesmen. Immediately, the Russian president said, “A Russian without arms can swim across the Atlantic.” The other world leaders were stunned by the two statements. But the leader of Burma came to the rescue: “In my country, a man without a head can run the country for 20 years.” That’s a joke by a well-known comedian known as Godzilla, and it drew loud applause from hundreds of Burmese in Bangkok in January. Cracking such a joke irks Burma’s rulers and can lead to imprisonment for comedians..."
Author/creator: Kyaw Zwa Moe
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 16, No. 2
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 April 2008

Title: Joking With the Generals
Date of publication: May 2001
Description/subject: Humor is one of the few things that make life in Burma bearable for most people, but even this salve for the soul can rub the ruling generals the wrong way.
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9. No. 4
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Exiles Mock the Year Gone by
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: "The Burmese New Year, celebrated in mid-April, is traditionally an occasion for a good-humored send-up of social and political events of the past year. Troupes form as part of the Thingyan Water-Throwing Festival to give Thangyat performances, providing a running, rhyming commentary on the misdeeds of officials and others in high places. This year, Burmese exiles in India are keeping up the tradition with a recording of Thangyat performances that targets both Burma's military junta and opposition groups..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003