Here’s a masterpost of resources to aid in learning South Asian languages! This is by NO means comprehensive. A very limited number of languages are represented here. This search was really frustrating because the more I looked, the more I realized how many dozens of South Asian languages are simply not represented or their existence acknowledged. If you have any resources/languages you’d like to me to add, please let me know!
Species believed extinct until rediscovery in 2001
Congratulations to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Survival Alliance
in Myanmar for the recent release of 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles (Batagur trivittata) - a species believed to be extinct until 2001. We’re pleased to
see the world’s second most endangered turtle on the road to recovery in
its native habitat, and happy that funds from our Critically Endangered
Animals Fund have helped support this effort!
Additional information on this particular project can be found at:
For more photos from Mount Popa and Taung Kalat, explore the Mount Popa location page.
Perched on top of a volcanic plug in central Myanmar is Taung Kalat monastery, home to 37 နတ်—"nats", or spiritual demigods—and a dramatic panoramic view. Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Mount Popa, the extinct volcano that once formed this 737-meter (2,417-foot) thumb, Taung Kalat draws pilgrims and tourists who are willing to climb its 777 stairs to reach the gilded rooftops and Buddhas above.
The stairs—a sacred site in their own right—were once maintained by the famed Buddhist hermit U Khandi. The compound is also home to a horde of macaques, where they pose for tourists and snatch their unattended bags in the hope of finding a snack.
Yangon Calling is a punk rock documentary in every possible way. It follows a group of underground punks rallying against a brutal regime in the military-ruled Burma. Their look and sound may be familiar to us in the Western world, but it was borne out of cassettes of Brit bands smuggled into the country by sailors in the 90s. The method of filming was equally punk: hidden cameras helped the crew escape the constant secret police surveillance that could have cost the lives of everyone involved. You can read an interview with one of the directors here.
Inside Myanmar: Opening Up to the World with @amcaptures
For more of Andre’s photographs from Myanmar and beyond, follow @amcaptures on Instagram.
“The country was just opening up, and it seemed like the right time to go,” says Andre Malerba (@amcaptures), an American photojournalist based in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Two years earlier, after traveling to Nepal and Thailand, Andre had decided to immerse himself in a pivotal moment in Myanmar’s history, as a military government began to relax restrictions on political freedom and foreign visitors.
“I have a front row seat to a country opening up to the outside world, attempting to transition to democracy, and all the awful and great things that go along with it. Things are changing rapidly. A lot of people are now happy to have 3G service and tourism is creating a lot of jobs which many are happy about. But there is also a long way to go in terms of reaching a unified democracy. I’d be lying if I said the majority of people are better off now than they were. While politics, for example, are much safer to discuss openly, life is still pretty brutal in the conflict zones.”
Andre describes a universal, humanistic approach to his work, saying, “Part of being a good photographer is being open and honest with the people you photograph. People can tell when you’re not hiding parts of yourself from them, and I honestly believe it’s appreciated.”