No Time for Dreams: Living in Burma Under Military Rule (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Compelling images of cinnamon-robed monks confronting the guns and clubs of Burma's military junta outraged the world in September 2007. Then communications links were cut, and curfews, interrogations, midnight raids, beatings, and arrests crushed the remnants of defiance. Tragically, it had all happened before. No Time for Dreams narrates a remarkable woman's search over four decades for independence and purpose as repression spreads throughout her country, once known as the Golden Land.

Inspired by the legacy of her father, Ba Tin's struggle against British colonialism beginning in the 1930s, San San Tin infuses her journey from school girl to journalist and, briefly, to businesswoman with an unbroken spirit of resistance. Offering a compassionate insider's view of politics, culture, religion, and family during nearly half a century of unrelenting dictatorship, this riveting personal story traces an arc of decline to reveal the bitter fate of a once-prosperous and cosmopolitan society.
  

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Contents

Strangers in the Night
1
No Turning Back
13
Spreading Socialism
25
Student Affairs
35
Lessons in Literacy
43
Inside the Bureaucracy
53
Crackdown and Compromise
63
Roads Leading Nowhere
73
Confrontation
115
Bullets at the Pagoda
125
Reprisals
137
Turning to Ash
149
Relocation
159
Spreading Corruption
169
Selected English Sources
179
Index
183

Reporting as a Woman
83
Mounting Costs
93
Political Training
105
About the Authors
197
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About the author (2009)

Carolyn Wakeman is professor at the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she directs its Asia Pacific Project. San San Tin is an international broadcaster at Radio Free Asia and a freelance writer and poet. Emma Larkin is the pseudonym of an American writer based in Bangkok and the author of Finding George Orwell in Burma.

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