THIS IS WHAT a city looks like when it emerges from half a century of military rule. In the wake of a general election in 2010 and a by-election in 2012, which saw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi elected to parliament, Myanmar’s political trajectory has shifted toward a more democratic system of governance. And the city of Yangon awakens.
As censorship eases and surveillance abates, it is a time for the tentative telling of tales. An old poet, long hushed by government censors, composes for publication. A musician tests out lyrics previously heard only by an audience of his most trusted friends.
Words by Emma Larkin