Thursday, February 25, 2010

Environmental artist -- Andy Goldsworthy --

Portrait artist Chuck Close

Re-posting -- Kyi May Kaung's Blotches from Burma art show -- 2005

Burmese junta opening ports to private sector

Liquid sculpture of Martin Waugh --

Warning -- graphic content -- women who tried suicide by fire in Afghanistan --

so far there have been over 250.

What would make a woman, taught to treasure her own beauty, to mutilate herself this way --

Kyi May Kaung

All Burma Monks' Alliance needs your help.

Shepheard Fairey's Burmese Monk bid now at $8000 and rising,0,6592906.photogallery

Illegal (Burmese) migrants whipped in Malaysia.

As early as 1994, a waiter in a Burmese restaurant in USA told me about being whipped in Singapore for overstaying his visa.

Kyi May Kaung

Excellent cartoon -- Gen Than Shwe sells Burma's Independence to China

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Artist, costume designer Eiko Ishioka

Child of Argentine disappeared reunited with father

Circus volunteers come to Burmese refugee camp school in Thailand --

Reminds me of time I took my child to FAO Schwartz in NY, where an actress dressed as a doll and standing like a doll winked at us.

This is a small bright spot in dark Burma picture. Thanks for writing this.

I'd love to be linked to this circus.

Please request them to leave a message on my blog, which can by found by Googling my full name.

Here is famous Cirque Du Soleil

Kyi May Kaung (Ph.D.)

Photo essay -- Library of Congress -- all images copyright Kyi May Kaung

Detail -- Neptune Fountain -- Library of Congress,Washington, DC. Photo copyright Kyi May Kaung.

Jefferson Building -- Library of Congress, Washington DC -- copyright Kyi May Kaung

Library of Congress -- Main Hall ceiling -- copyright Kyi May Kaung

Library of Congress -- ceiling detail -- Copyright Kyi May Kaung

Photo essay -- Snow -- all images copyright Kyi May Kaung

Black snow and hydrant -- Copyright Kyi May Kaung

Snow Mountain -- copyright Kyi May Kaung

Photo competition for 4th world entrepreneurs --

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- new translation of The Little Prince.

For me at least, passes the test of "made me cry three times."

Much more moving than the version I have read previously, and more lyrical.

Kyi May Kaung

Obama and The Dalai Lama - Obama Ole

See also Larry King Live, yesterday, on CNN

Beautiful interview in which His Holiness spoke of "not calling for Tibetan independence" but for a middle way.

His holiness also spoke about Haiti and said self-discipline was for oneself when King asked about Tiger Woods "practicing infidelity."

He called Larry King "Harry."

Kyi May Kaung.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alaungsithu's prayer -- translated by Gordon H. Luce.

Thus, in an inscription in the Shwegu Temple, we find this beautiful prayer, written in Pali verse, by King Alaungsithu (1112-1167):

By this my gift, whatever boon I seek,
It is the best of boons to profit all;
By this abundant merit I desire
Here or hereafter no angelic pomp
Of Brahmas, Suras, Maras; nor the state
And splendors of a monarch; nay, not even
To be the pupil of a conqueror.
But I would build a causeway sheer athwart
The river of Samsara, and all folk
Would speed across thereby until they reach
The Blessed City. I myself would cross,
And drag the drowning over. Aye, myself
Tamed, I would tame the willful; comforted,
Comfort the timid; wakened, wake the asleep;
Cool, cool the burning; freed, set free the bound.

From a 1950s Atlantic Monthly article by "Thawka" also known as Zawgyi or U Thein Han, renowned poet.

Behind those odd looking green Winter Olympics bouquets --,220230

Excellent annotated Orwell collection -- from Brown Univ.

Quote from U Tin Oo of the NLD - who was released last week -


Even if I lost the sight in both of my eyes, I would continue in politics until Burma gained democracy.

— Tin Oo, NLD vice-chairman.

From The Irrawaddy news magazine.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Magdalena Abakanowicz

found object sculpture -- eggshell dress

Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'ouverture -

Bringing the lion king to life --

The poetry and sculpture of Patty McPhee

Andrew Selth on state of Burma Studies --

Outline of Senior General on Parade -- copyright Kyi May Kaung

I agree with him completely and have been saying the same thing for years (at least since 1995,) so good to be cited.

Kyi May Kaung

Interview of Dr. Zarni of LSE regarding Burmese junta's sentencing of 4 dissidents

on same day as arrival of UN Human Rights Rapporteur Tomas Quintana.,,5250650_type_audio_struct_12758_contentId_5250683,00.html

Sunday, February 07, 2010

My archive at IISH, Amsterdam--