EN WEEKEND I YANGON

Hvis du mangler inspiration til rejsen til Myanmar, så læs med her. Artiklen blev bragt i Politiken i januar 2014.

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ASHIN’S SPRING – STORIES FROM A NEW BURMA

My book is finally out in English as an e-book. You can download it for a mere $9,99 on Amazon or send an email to lundprojects@gmail.com if you want to purchase it.

The book has gotten it’s first review and it was good. Read it here

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Ni dage tilbage …

I dag kom den endelig med posten. Det trykte eksemplar af min bog ASHINS FORÅR – fortællinger fra Burma. Den er blevet så fin. Præcis som jeg havde håbet på.

Om ni dage kan resten af verden også få den at læse. Hvis de altså vil.

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ASHINS FORÅR – nu at finde på facebook

Bogen, barnet, babyen, besættelsen… kært barn mange navne. Men lad os blot kalde den for bogen, eftersom det jo er det, den er (og så jeg ikke lyder mere borderline, end jeg er i forvejen). ASHINS FORÅR er netop i dag sendt til trykkeriet, og der er en spinkel chance for, at den faktiske er trykt færdig, når jeg vender hjem fra New York d. 24. maj!

Det er vanvittigt at arbejde på noget i så lang tid, og så skal jeg pludselig slippe det løs til fri beskuelse for resten af verden. Jeg kan godt blive lidt halv-angst ved tanken om, at der sidder nogle anmeldere og kommer til at synes, at det er en virkelig dårlig bog.  Eller at der slet ikke er nogen der gider anmelde den. Det ville være endnu værre.

Nuvel, den tid den sorg. Indtil da vil jeg glæde mig over, at ASHINS FORÅR på facebook har fået 100 ‘likes’ på under et døgn. Og til at skulle til New York i morgen.

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KUN EN MÅNED TIL UDGIVELSE

Om sådan cirka en måneds tid debuterer jeg som forfatter. I begyndelsen af juni udkommer min dokumentariske bog ‘Ashins Forår – fortællinger fra Burma’. Og sådan her ser omslaget til bogen ud. Det er flot, synes jeg, men det er som bekendt det inde på siderne, der er det vigtigste.

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ASHINS FORÅR udkommer til juni

Nu skulle det være ganske vist. Min bog ‘ASHINS FORÅR – fortællinger fra et militærdiktatur’ udkommer allerede til juni. Bogen udkommer på TURBINE Forlaget og jeg kæmper i disse dage med at redigere den helt færdig. Med hjælp fra gode venner og en god redaktør. Og i øjeblikket sidder der en dygtig grafiker og knokler med at få et omslag færdigt, som jeg er MEGET spændt på at se. Særligt fordi det er mine egne fotografier, der bliver brugt til omslaget.

Det føles som et fantastisk tidspunkt at få lov at udgive en bog om Burma på. Interessen for Burma er større end nogensinde før – eller i al fald i de 4-5 år jeg har beskæftiget mig med landet. Og i disse uger mærker jeg det ekstra meget på grund af filmen om Aung San Suu Kyi ‘the Lady’, der har dansk premiere. Mandag i denne uge var jeg blandt andet i Lounge på TV2 Lorry for at tale om filmen og om mit møde med Aung San Suu Kyi i juli sidste år.

Når datoen hvor bogen udkommer er fastsat, smider jeg det naturligvis her på bloggen. Stay tuned.

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THE LADY – se den før din nabo

“You want to buy movie? … “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi movie?”… very famous in Myanmar, our lady…”

En insisterende gadesælger forsøger på gaden i Yangon at sælge mig en piratkopi af Luc Bessons film ‘The Lady’ for et par dollar. Jeg har allerede set filmen et par gange, den har for længst haft premiere i Asien og som interesseret i Burmas historie er den et absolut must. Gadesælgeren er et ganske rørende syn, fordi det for mindre end et år siden var utænkeligt, at de samme gadesælgere (eller andre for den sags skyld) overhovedet ville nævne Aung San Suu Kyis navn. Af frygt for repressalier fra regimet. Det er i det omfang det burmesiske folk har været undertrykte. Og det er den undertrykkelse Suu Kyi har forsøgt at kæmpe imod.

 

 

Filmen har egentlig først dansk premiere d. 26. april, men forpremierer på Luc Bessons film ‘The Lady’ er allerede begyndt rundt omkring i biograferne i Danmark. ‘The Lady’ er den franske instruktør Luc Bessons fortolkning af, hvad der skete da Aung San Suu Kyi kom ind i burmesisk politik, det offer hun har gjort ved at kæmpe for demokrati i Burma og ikke mindst skildringen af kærlighedshistorien mellem Suu Kyi og hendes mand Michael Aris.

‘The Lady’ har fået blandede anmeldelser internationalt, men  flest i den positive afdeling. Suu Kyis personlige historie er der dog ikke noget at udsætte på. Hendes kamp er utvivlsomt en storfilm værdig. Personligt var jeg meget begejstret for filmen og har kun en enkelt ting at udsætte på den – nemlig måden generalerne er portrætteret på. De er skildret som en flok dybt stupide individer, og det er en skam, at skildringen af dem er så endimensionel, for det kræver selvfølgelig en anelse kløgt at holde et folk isoleret og undertrykt  i næsten 50 år.

Historien om Burma og Aung San Suu Kyi er kendt af mange, men slet ikke af nok. Det kan ‘The Lady’ forhåbentlig være med til at ændre på.

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THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR

One of my daily routines when I visit Burma (Myanmar) is to read the English edition of the newspaper ‘The New Light of Myanmar’. This publication has it all – except actual journalism. But what it lacks in journalistic value it certainly has in entertainment.

It’s government owned and published by the Ministry of Information and is widely considered as a mouthpiece for military and the current civilian government. And once upon a time in the not too distant past (only a few months ago really) it was also where you would find an infamous propaganda page accusing the BBC, VOA and exile medias for being ‘killer broadcasts’. Funny and tragic at the same time.

Nowadays ‘The New Light of Myanmar’ is less concerned with killer broadcasts “sowing hatred among the people and generating unrest”  and more preoccupied with “true patriotism”, which basically means supporting the Tatmadaw – the army.

This coming Sunday is the day of the by-elections in Burma, and for the past week I don’t think I’ve seen a single article in The New Light of Myanmar mentioning the elections. But I did see a piece on western movies pouring into the country and corrupting people’s morality and causing young women to wear mini-skirts and backless dresses! And also important editorial on how to prevent fires. And I’m sure fires are a huge problem in a country as hot and dry as Burma is at the moment, but still…

Fires are not to be messed with. Full stop.

One of my all time favorites when I pick The New Light of Myanmar up from a newspaperstand on the street  is to see, if there is any ‘felicitation’ on the front page. The government is a keen felicitator (if that’s a word) of anyone, who deserves to be felicitated. The past week both Bangladesh and Pakistan recieved the f-word from the Thein Sein government.

Felici-what?

Last but not least – The New Light of Myanmar is the only daily publication in the country. All other newspapers have to pass through a censorship board, which means that private newspapers here are weekly publications. But a new media law, not yet passed in parliament, might change that.

 

 

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FROM SYMBOL TO SOUVENIR

So, the latest here from the campaign trail in Burma is… that there is no more campaign trail. Aung San Suu Kyi has taken a few days off to recover after falling ill, which makes it highly unlikely that there will be more rallies before the by-elections this Sunday.

This doesn’t mean that the support for Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, NLD, will slow down. Today I was talking to a group of nearly 30 students in an English class and all of them, even the ones (or maybe especially those) who weren’t that interested in politics would vote for NLD on Sunday.

The support for Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD is visible everywhere on the streets of Burmas largest city, Yangon. Some very er.. creative people are behind a variety of merchandise one can purchase to show off ones support for the Burmese opposition.

 

How about a 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi calendar?

 

Or maybe a Suu Kyi t-shirt?

 

Aung San Suu Kyi and father key chain anyone?

 

Or maybe just a poster or a postcard?

It’s slightly amusing (and also a bit disturbing) how one of the world’s most famous political symbols has been turned into profitable merchandise sold to locals and tourists alike. Like one of my Burmese friends said the other day: “It has gone overboard now – the NLD should put a stop to this and trademark her face or something”.

But if you’re Burmese and haven’t been allowed to have a picture of a person you love in your home or even talk about this person for over two decades – this was the case with Aung San Suu Kyi here in Burma until just a few months ago – it is understandable that you want to go overboard in Suu Kyi memrobilia. Also because many fear that this new ‘freedom’ wont last for long.

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WITH AUNG SAN SUU KYI

As of today there’s 6 days until the by-election in Burma. It’s “just”  by-elections, it’s only 45 seats (reduced from 48 as the by-elections are postponed in Kachin state). But it’s of massive symbolic importance to the Burmese. Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD’s election campaign and rallies have been running for almost a month and everywhere she goes she is greeted as a political rock star. Thousands of people show up to show their support to her and her party (mostly her to be honest) when they hold rallies across the country.

The other day the NLD was rallying in Dagon Sekan, a township just south of Burma’s main city, Yangon (formerly Rangoon) and I went there to see the “show”, which it almost was. Old as young are wearing NLD merchandise and  t-shirts with Suu Kyis picture printed on them and special songs have been recorded for her and her party, which her fans danced to while they waited for hours for her car to arrive to the main stage. Her car wasn’t able to pass through the sea of people.

Here are some photos from the NLD rally in Dagon Sekan. And if you read Danish keep an eye out for my story from the rally for Danish web magazine, Ræson, which will be published Monday 26 of March.

 

Suu Kyi greeted by her fans in Dagon Sekan

 

One of Aung San Suu Kyis many fans

 

Suu Kyi giving a speech

 

NLD by-elections baby
A sea of people waiting for Aung San Suu Kyi
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