Myanmar's Dynamic Cultural Past
In November, Myanmar will host the ninth annual East Asia Summit, marking the conclusion of the country's leadership role as 2014 ASEAN chair. Julia Chen blogs this week: "Over the last three years, Myanmar has made strides in moving forward with dramatic political and economic reforms, and, says Ms. Nu Mra Zan, former director of the National Museum of Myanmar, the nation is eager to showcase its great symbols of culture, which remained largely in the shadows under the military regime." The museum's collection boasts 20,000 cultural and historical artifacts, including a spectacular gilded Lion Throne of the Myanmar kings, and the recently repatriated 11th century sandstone Buddhist statue that was looted in 1989 from a pagoda in Bagan. Ms. Zan and Ms. Mie Mie Thet Nwe, deputy director of the museum, were in the San Francisco Bay Area recently as The Asia Foundation's Margaret Williams Fellows in Asian Art.