Burma Within The Frame
June 11th, 2012

Last year, after visiting a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand, I flew into Burma and at first felt that I was simply in another Southeast Asian country. Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love Southeast Asia. So that was a good thing. It had been a trip that I had wanted to do for many years, but I resisted doing it at the urging of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, who had suggested that foreigners should not visit Burma as their tourist Dollars, Euros, Yen, etc. would enrich the military regime that she, and much of the world, considered illegitimate after it nullified elections in 1990.

For the last three and a half years I have been working very closely with Burmese refugees (some of whom are now new American citizens). So when Aung San Suu Kyi said that it would be OK for tourists to visit, I asked many of them if I should go and if they would mind if I did. They all encouraged me to go, but they warned me that I’d only get to see one side of Burma — the part open to tourists as much of the country remains closed to foreigners.

So there I was in the airport in Yangon, feeling like I had arrived in another Southeast Asian country with its unique differences but mostly Asian similarities. That feeling was short lived. Later that day I was on a boat for seven hours that had me feeling like I was seeing Asia for the very first time — despite fifteen years of visits. It was magical, and the people were amazingly friendly. Succinctly, I fell in love. Lots of countries that had very established places in my heart found themselves sliding down a notch that day.

Each place I visited was special in its own way, and the highlights of those places are included in the Burma Within The Frame photographic adventure that David duChemin and I will lead this September. I’ve been anxious to return to Burma since the moment I left. A few lucky people will join us on this adventure. If you think that this might be an adventure for you, then click on the graphic below for more information.

Burma Within The Frame Photographic Adventure

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  1. [...] digress.And now we’re going. September 16 to 27, 2012. Read Jeffrey Chapman’s blog post HERE and click the image at the top of this post to go to the mini-site with all the details, itinerary, [...]

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