Yangon Echoes takes readers and the audience behind the façades of Yangon’s heritage buildings, to offer intimate views of life in the cosmopolitan city formerly known as Rangoon, Burma. An unprecedented study of oral history, this is a rich anthology of fascinating stories exploring notions and values of heritage and home.
Storytellers speak of joy and tragedy, simple pleasures and aching issues. They share thoughts and feelings of living through Yangon’s emergence from decades of stagnation to engagement with a rapidly spinning world. Told with courage and charm, these informal stories of home offer insight into what has happened and is happening to the city.
This popular history of buildings charts social space and urban folklore, linking past to present via living memories. It records everyday life through domestic connections to old places.