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May 10, 2013
by John Vink
A first set of photographs I took in Myanmar is now available on my website at this link. They are a first attempt to try and grasp the complexity of the ethnic diversity in Yangon. Hopefully I will be able to work more on this story in the near future.

There are 135 ethnic groups listed in Myanmar. It is a patchwork, for now still more or less held together by a strong central power. First by the British Empire and later by the Myanmar army. Yangon, in essence still the real capital of the country, seems to be a concentrated vision of that cultural diversity, although three groups are clearly more represented than the 132 remaining: the Burmese of course, those from Indian descent and the Muslim. The intimate, intertwined and physical relationship of these three main groups in the capital is some sort of guarantee that at least they will HAVE to live together in the rest of the country. This is a first unraveling attempt.

The photographs were taken before and after the '7 Days in Myanmar' project...