More on the destruction of Mrauk U

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Another article on the destruction of archaeological sites of Mrauk U in Western Myanmar. There is also a photo gallery of the destruction of sites in Narinjara, and it is reported that the construction company has been very sensitive to people taking photos and videos of the site.

Laung Bwan Brauk Pagoda - image from

Mrauk U Pagodas Damaged by Railroad Construction
The Irrawady, 24 November 2010

Destruction of Mrauk U sites, 7 November 2010
(gallery may be time sensitive)
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Call for Papers: Explorations

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EXPLORATIONS is edited and published by graduate students at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with administrative support provided by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). The journal provides a peer-reviewed forum for graduate scholarship on Southeast Asia. Submissions are welcomed from all disciplines, however the author must be currently enrolled in an academic program or a recent graduate (within the last year). The journal is produced through a blind review process, by volunteer editors with the guidance of a faculty advisor. EXPLORATIONS is published electronically and in hard copy, and is distributed to Southeast Asian Studies programs, centers, and university libraries both nationally and internationally. Works published in EXPLORATIONS are not necessarily representative of the views of the editors or CSEAS, and responsibility for the opinions expressed and the factual accuracy of papers lies with the individual authors.

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4,000 years of Southeast Asian Art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts

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The Honolulu Academy of Arts is hosting an exhibition on Four Thousand Years of Southeast Asian Art until January 9. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has a review of the exhibition, but the article misspells William Solheim’s name.

Treasures uncovered
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 21 November 2010
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Thailand reaffirms position on Preah Vihear

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reaffirmed his country’s position on Preah Vihear at a recent meeting with the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposing Cambodia’s intention to develop the disputed territory near the temple.

Abhisit sets out Thai position on temple
Bangkok Post, 22 November 2010

PM firm on Preah Vihear stance
Bangkok Post, 21 November 2010
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Railway project destroys archaeological sites at Mrauk U

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Archaeological sites and buildings at the Arakanese city of Mrauk U are being destroyed to make way for a railway line that cuts through the city’s main archaeological zone. So far, there has been little response by the central government to appeals by local politicians and monks. [Thanks to Dr Pamela Gutman for the news]

Andaw Thein in Mrauk U. CC image.

Archaeological Sites Bulldozed for Railroad Construction in Arakan, 18 November 2010

Anger at ‘destructive’ railway project
Democratic Voice of Burma, 18 November 2010
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