Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mandy and Khin and the Yangon Literary Magazine

Podcast of an interview with Mandy Moe Pwint Tu and Khin Chan Myae Maung, co founders of the Yangon Literary Magazine and I was fortunate enough to sit down with them when I was in Yangon last year.
In this articulate and eye opeing interview, they muse on the energy in the literary and creative space in Yangon these days, the origin story of the magazine they cofounded along with Paul Chan Htoo Sang, and the move to print alongside the production of  digital editions

They talk about their own writing and their influences, and they comment on the feminist movement in Myanmar today.

The discussion about what may be considered "thematically Burmese," is fascinating, with a conclusion - that it's either politics or love.

The interview took place at the time of Lionel Shriver's incendiary comments about cultural appropriation and the ensuing debate and commentary. Mandy and Khin respond to this situation by describing their personal experiences seeking publication,  The interview is marred, however, by my unwieldy rant-style lead in question about this particular subject. They also ofer some perspective and insight into books about Myanmar by foreigners.

Mandy and Khin were such a pleasure to interview. Erudite, intelligent, opinionated.


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