Sunday, April 21, 2013
CNN: Anthony Bourdain tours Myanmar, a despotic country that "welcomes" indulgent visitors
Saturday night at midnight, CNN reaired an enteraining (and relieving) episode from August, 2012, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Episode 1”, which was about Burma. or Myanmar.
Bourdain mentions the horrific political and human rights problems in the country, and its tendency to arrest dissidents, especially people who protest on blogs or social media.
A good part of the documentary is, of course, about food, which was of various nationalities (Thai, Japan, Chinese).
This is the largest mainland nation in Southeast Asia, and much of it is actually open to tourists despite the internal strife it does not want tourists to see.
The most interesting part of the journey may be the “night train”, a 10 hour ride on a rickety railroad that takes 19 hours.
The capital has moved from Yangon (Rangoon) to Naypyidaw.
Kids drop out of school to work in menial jobs supporting tourists. Bourdain is concerned about what haooens to the people he leaves behind.
The link for the broadcast is here.
See also review of film “The Lady”, Movies blog, April 27, 2012.; International issues blog, Sept. 8, 2007 and May 27, 2008.
Wikipedia attribution link for Thai refugee camp.