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Planet Myanmar - Calendar 2007/2008
Britain-Myanmar Society
Regular meetings are at: the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, LONDON W.1.
Admission is 5.00 per person.
Meetings are confined to members and their guests - and are subject to reporting restrictions.
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2009
2010
Thursday 5th February 2009
From Kitchen to Battleground -
Stories of seven Myanmar women fighters during the resistance movement

by Daw Tharaphi Than

Women soldiers are a phenomenon not often associated with Myanmar. Tharaphi Than, who is a research student at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, tells some stories and focuses on how women and the print media defended or rejected modernity, and how the print media portrayed women soldiers, in the 1940s and 1950s.
Monday February 1st 2010
With DFID in Burma
by Rurik Marsden

The speaker will tell something of what he was able to achieve last year in Myanmar on behalf of Britain's Department for International Development.
Tuesday 17th March 2009
'Return of the Great Glory'
by Ralph Isaacs
Western visitors have sometimes been amazed that some very senior Buddhist sayadaws, who were accorded the greatest respect and veneration when they were alive, are seen off from this world with merriment and a lot of noise. There are some points where, it seems, Myanmar and Western culture do not quite meet, and this is one of them!
Thursday 11th March 2010
Pandaw Rescue
by Paul Strachan
Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar on 2nd May 2008, was the country's worst ever national disaster - and caused particularly terrible destruction among the many low islands of the Ayeyarwady Delta. The world was aghast at the loss of life - and the danger of countless thousands more dying of starvation and disaease. Access was the most immediate problem. There are many tales to be told of that time - and one was the story of Paul Strachan, who very rushed a substantial riverboat, the Pandaw 4, to go in and deliver aid and medical attention - which was to reach thousands of people.
Thursday 7th May 2009
 
Gordon Luce and the British Discovery of South-East Asian Art
by Dr Pamela Gutman
Gordon Luce was a Professor of English Literature in Yangon, who was to write about Myanmar's history, literature and art, on which he corresponded with other Cambridge Apostles. His writings reveal a unique British approach to the art of Myanmar, unconstrained by institutional boundaries erected by the French in their work on Indochina.

Pamela Gutman is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Art History and Film Studies of Sydney University.

Thursday 6th May 2010
 
An Innocent in Mrauk U
by Derek Brooke-Wavell
Derek is in the process of retiring from the position of Hon Secretary of the Society. In January he went to Myanmar for the first time in fifteen years - and managed to get to an ancient capital, Mrauk U, that he had long yearned to visit.

His long absence from Myanmar meant that everything was new and exciting. He has many vibrant photos to show of this Buddhist kingdom of 500 years ago - similar to Pagan in many ways, yet with quite different architectural inspirations, and relatively unknown. A 6-hour boat journey is only one of the obstacles that lie in the way of getting there!

Tuesday 16th June 2009
Torn Apart - Two Sisters
By Derek Flory
This is the enthralling story of two sisters (the mother and aunt of our speaker), who became separated during a Japanese bombing raid on Yangon in December 1941 - and after that had no knowledge of each other's existence until a couple of years ago, when a search item on the Internet brought them together. (Actually, that search item, for the surname LeFleur, was put on this very Britain-Myanmar web site - on the Lost Relatives page - and you can still see it there among many others, some successful and some not).

As soon as the two sisters found out about each other they had to meet - and Derek Flory has written a best-selling book about the story.

Tuesday 15th June 2010
A Clinic near Myitkyina
By Dr Anna Wilkins
Anna is a young medical doctor who worked for a year for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Kachin State, in the far north of Myanmar - to control HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. She has colour photos to show.
Tuesday 6th October 2009
The October Reception

Thursday 7th October 2010
The October Reception

Friday 13th November 2009
The State of the Catholic Church in Burma
by Father David Morland

Father David Morland paid a visit to Myanmar this year, and will talk of the Catholic community he met.
Friday 26th November 2010
NB - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
The Deaf Communities in Myanmar and their Languages

by Dr Justin Watkins

Justin's talk to the Society will give an overview of his recent research into sign language and the deaf communities in Yangon.

The talk demonstrates some of the links between Yangon Sign Language and spoken and written Myanmar, illustrated with a video of some signers in action. He visited the Mary Chapman School For The Deaf in Yangon where tuition includes dance routines for young children.

He will also talk about how Myanmar addresses the disability of deafness with the added complexity of the many languages of the country.

Thursday 17th December 2009
Tribal Festivals
by James Chilton and Ruth Fisher

Our speakers are no anthropologists but they both spent parts of their youth in Myanmar - they love it, and try to see as much as they can.

This evening Jamie Chilton showed photographs of the Kachin Manao in Myitkyina, and Ruth showed the Naga New Year Festival near the Assam border. And there was also time for glimpses of the Akha, An, Palaung and Padaung.


2008-2009 Calendar.