Notes on the Geography of Burma / Myanmar: Moulmein 5: The Shock of the New: Photo 4
If Moulmein were plugged into the global economy it would have antique shops and craft stores catering to authenticity-hungry foreign tourists. It doesn't: not a one. But it does have markets, and despite decades of a government trying to put wraps around the country, the markets have been thoroughly penetrated with products appealing to the popular but pent-up desire for contact with the outside world. How else can you explain the movie-themed T-shirts and the Nike swoosh?
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