View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Title: On the Road to Mandalay Asian portraits. This is a colourful tapestry, by a Rangoon-based writer, of the lives of ordinary Burmese; from porters and sailors, fortune tellers, waitresses and artists, to petty criminals, on the road to Mandalay'. Visit Seller's Storefront. Books should arrive within business days for expedited shipping, and business days for standard shipping.
Home at OP. Follow Orchid Press on Facebook. Follow Orchid Books on Facebook. Asian Portraits Asian Portraits is a series on life in Asia. These biographies or life-stories throw light on extraordinary lives of unique characters, who have experienced or observed the ebb and flow of history in Asia from various vantage points. Messerschmidt 1st edition His artistic works served both to interpret and to preserve the rich ancient culture of Nepal.
Portrait of burmese man in a straw hat, Inle lake, Shan state, Myanmar, Southeast Asia
In a country where officials still largely labor with pen and ink, surrounded by stacks of moldering papers, authorities in Mandalay are tapping social media and new technologies such as artificial intelligence software and drones to revamp a lethargic bureaucracy. Authorities track garbage disposal with GPS and control traffic flows with remote sensors. The pace of change has won plaudits in regional media and from overseas Myanmar nationals - the mayor was given the Citizen of Burma award by a U. But some of the attempts to push through change have met with resistance, not only from corners of the creaky bureaucracy, but from activists concerned that smart technology, deployed without regulating legislation, could allow authorities to more closely surveil them. Three Myanmar cities were chosen, but it is in Mandalay, in the center of the country, where authorities have done most to embrace the proposal.
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