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The River of Lost Footsteps

In The River of Lost Footsteps, Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family's history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling.

Author : Thant Myint-U

Release : 2011-02-03

Publisher : Faber & Faber

ISBN : 0571266061

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Burma is currently ruled by a harsh dictatorship unmoved by Western activists and sanctions. It is also the sight of the longest-running conflict in the world. Drawing both on his own family's stories and his years of hands-on political experience working with the United Nations, Thant Myint-U has written an illuminating account of how Burma's rich past informs its violent present, and of how the world might transform the country's future. In The River of Lost Footsteps, Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family's history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling. His maternal grandfather, U Thant, rose from being the schoolmaster of a small town in the Irrawaddy Delta to become the UN secretary-general in the 1960s. And on his father's side, the author is descended from a long line of courtiers who served at Burma's Court of Ava for nearly two centuries. Through their stories and others, he portrays Burma's rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through the decades of British colonialism, the devastation of World War II, a sixty-year civil war that continues today, military repression and the immergence of Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The River of Lost Footsteps is a work both personal and global, a distinctive contribution that makes Burma accessible and enthralling. Thant Myint-U is the author of Where China Meets India and has written articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Statesman.

Where China Meets India

In Where China Meets India he explores the new strategic centrality of Burma, the country of his ancestry, where Asia's two rising giant powers - China and India - appear to be vying for supremacy.

Author : Thant Myint-U

Release : 2011-08-18

Publisher : Faber & Faber

ISBN : 0571277780

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China and India have always been seperated not only by the Himalayas, but also by the impenetrable jungle and remote areas that once stretched across Burma. Now this last great frontier will likely vanish - forests cut down, dirt roads replaced by superhighways, insurgencies ended - leaving China and India exposed to each other as never before. This basic shift in geography is as profound as the opening of the Suez Canal and is taking place just as the centre of the world's economy moves to the East. Thant Myint-U has travelled extensively across this vast territory, where high-speed trains and gleaming shopping malls now sit alongside the last remaining forests and impoverished mountain communities. In Where China Meets India he explores the new strategic centrality of Burma, the country of his ancestry, where Asia's two rising giant powers - China and India - appear to be vying for supremacy. Part travelogue, part history, part investigation, Where China Meets India takes us across the fast-changing Asian frontier, giving us a masterful account of the region's long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world. Thant Myint-U is the author of The River of Lost Footsteps and has written articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Statesman. He has worked alongside Kofi Annan at the UN's Department of Political Affairs and currently works as a special consultant to the Burmese government.

Lost Footsteps

So how can I cross the river? What would happen if the boat blew over?' The
logic of that defeated the child; he nodded, then asked, 'But couldn't you come on
a train?' 'I will — but later. When you get to Germany you have to tell them that
you ...

Author : Bel Mooney

Release : 2012-07-20

Publisher : A&C Black

ISBN : 144820982X

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At the heart of Ana Popescu's existence is the love for her son. He is the only thing that makes life in Ceausescu's Romania tolerable. In their mean little flat they have created a private world in which no harm can come to them. But Ana is haunted by a mystery in her own past, and by her awareness under a totalitarian regime the soul can gradually be corrupted. At last as incident at Ion's school convinces her she must send him away. When she seizes the chance to give Ion freedom, Ana unwittingly propels him beyond bureaucracy into an underworld of refugees and migrants. Attempting to follow, she is caught and thrown into prison. Then the collapse of communism and the overthrow of Ceausescu rekindle her hope for a future, as she leaves her country for the first time and embarks on a quest to reclaim her lost child. The achievement of Bel Mooney's powerful and ambitious new novel, as it moves across the changing face of contemporary Europe, is that it takes us inside the lives of people caught up in the flood tide of political events. A story of sacrifice, loss and love, it is a moving and triumphant celebration of the power and immutability of the bonds of motherhood and is also about one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our age.

Asian Data Privacy Laws

45 Thant The River of Lost Footsteps, chs. 10–12; Central Intelligence Agency '
CIA World Factbook: Burma'<
factbook/geos/bm.html>.46 Thant, The River of Lost Footsteps, p. 258. 47 K.H.
Win ...

Author : Graham Greenleaf

Release : 2014-10-16

Publisher : OUP Oxford

ISBN : 0191669156

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The first work to examine data privacy laws across Asia, covering all 26 countries and separate jurisdictions, and with in-depth analysis of the 14 which have specialised data privacy laws. Professor Greenleaf demonstrates the increasing world-wide significance of data privacy and the international context of the development of national data privacy laws as well as assessing the laws, their powers and their enforcement against international standards. The book also contains a web link to an update to mid-2017.

Burma Redux

Callahan, Making Enemies, p.14. ant Myint-U, e River of Lost Footsteps, pp.22–3.
David Cannadine, Ornamentalism: How the British Saw eir Empire (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2001). George Orwell, Burmese Days: A Novel (London:

Author : Ian Holliday

Release : 2012-05-15

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 0231504241

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Contemporary Myanmar faces a number of political challenges, and it is unclear how other nations should act in relation to the country. Prioritizing the opinions of local citizens and reading them against the latest scholarship on this issue, Ian Holliday affirms the importance of foreign interests in Myanmar's democratic awakening, yet only through committed, grassroots strategies of engagement encompassing foreign states, international aid agencies, and global corporations. Holliday supports his argument by using multiple sources and theories, particularly ones that take historical events, contemporary political and social investigations, and global justice literature into account, as well as studies that focus on the effects of democratic transition, the aid industry, and socially responsible corporate investing and sanctions. One of the only volumes to apply broad-ranging global justice theories to a real-world nation in flux, Burma Redux will appeal to professionals researching Burma/Myanmar; political advisers and advocacy groups; nonspecialists interested in Southeast Asian politics and society and the local and international problems posed by pariah states; general readers who seek a richer understanding of the country beyond journalistic accounts; and the Burmese people themselves—both within the country and in diaspora. Burma Redux is also the first book-length study on the nation to be completed after the contentious general elections of 2010.

Billions of Entrepreneurs

Thant Myint-U, The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma (New York: Farrar,
Strauss, and Giroux, 2006), 43, 182–87. 7. Jaspal Kaur Singh, The Indian
Diaspora in Burma and Identity Politics in Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace; and
Mira ...

Author : Tarun Khanna

Release : 2008-02-01

Publisher : Harvard Business Press

ISBN : 142216327X

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China and India are home to one-third of the world's population. And they're undergoing social and economic revolutions that are capturing the best minds--and money--of Western business. In Billions of Entrepreneurs, Tarun Khanna examines the entrepreneurial forces driving China's and India's trajectories of development. He shows where these trajectories overlap and complement one another--and where they diverge and compete. He also reveals how Western companies can participate in this development. Through intriguing comparisons, the author probes important differences between China and India in areas such as information and transparency, the roles of capital markets and talent, public and private property rights, social constraints on market forces, attitudes toward expatriates abroad and foreigners at home, entrepreneurial and corporate opportunities, and the importance of urban and rural communities. He explains how these differences will influence China's and India's future development, what the two countries can learn from each other, and how they will ultimately reshape business, politics, and society in the world around them. Engaging and incisive, this book is a critical resource for anyone working in China or India or planning to do business in these two countries.

Beyond Borders

London: Hurst & Co. TCXZ. 1995. Tengchong xianzhi (Gazetteer of Tengchong
county). Beijing: Zhonghua shuju chuban. Thant Myint-U. 2006. The River of Lost
Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Author : Wen-Chin Chang

Release : 2015-01-16

Publisher : Cornell University Press

ISBN : 0801454506

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The Yunnanese from southwestern China have for millennia traded throughout upland Southeast Asia. Burma in particular has served as a "back door" to Yunnan, providing a sanctuary for political refugees and economic opportunities for trade explorers. Since the Chinese Communist takeover in 1949 and subsequent political upheavals in China, an unprecedented number of Yunnanese refugees have fled to Burma. Through a personal narrative approach, Beyond Borders is the first ethnography to focus on the migration history and transnational trading experiences of contemporary Yunnanese Chinese migrants (composed of both Yunnanese Han and Muslims) who reside in Burma and those who have moved from Burma and resettled in Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Since the 1960s, Yunnanese Chinese migrants of Burma have dominated the transnational trade in opium, jade, and daily consumption goods. Wen-Chin Chang writes with deep knowledge of this trade’s organization from the 1960s of mule-driven caravans to the use of modern transportation, and she reconstructs trading routes while examining embedded sociocultural meanings. These Yunnanese migrants’ mobility attests to the prevalence of travel not only by the privileged but also by different kinds of people. Their narratives disclose individual life processes as well as networks of connections, modes of transportation, and differences between the experiences of men and women. Through traveling they have carried on the mobile livelihoods of their predecessors, expanding overland trade beyond its historical borderlands between Yunnan and upland Southeast Asia to journeys further afield by land, sea, and air.

The Thistle and the Drone

... (University of Pennsylvania, 2008), p. 55. 112. Wangari Muoria-sal and Henry
Muoria, Writing for Kenya: The Life and Works of Henry Muoria (Leiden: Brill,
2009), p. 343. 113. Ibid., p. 345. 114. Thant Myint-U, The River of Lost Footsteps ...

Author : Akbar Ahmed

Release : 2013-02-27

Publisher : Brookings Institution Press

ISBN : 0815723792

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In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United States declared war on terrorism. More than ten years later, the results are decidedly mixed. Here world-renowned author, diplomat, and scholar Akbar Ahmed reveals an important yet largely ignored result of this war: in many nations it has exacerbated the already broken relationship between central governments and the largely rural Muslim tribal societies on the peripheries of both Muslim and non-Muslim nations. The center and the periphery are engaged in a mutually destructive civil war across the globe, a conflict that has been intensified by the war on terror. Conflicts between governments and tribal societies predate the war on terror in many regions, from South Asia to the Middle East to North Africa, pitting those in the centers of power against those who live in the outlying provinces. Akbar Ahmed's unique study demonstrates that this conflict between the center and the periphery has entered a new and dangerous stage with U.S. involvement after 9/11 and the deployment of drones, in the hunt for al Qaeda, threatening the very existence of many tribal societies. American firepower and its vast anti-terror network have turned the war on terror into a global war on tribal Islam. And too often the victims are innocent children at school, women in their homes, workers simply trying to earn a living, and worshipers in their mosques. Battered by military attacks or drone strikes one day and suicide bombers the next, the tribes bemoan, "Every day is like 9/11 for us." In The Thistle and the Drone, the third volume in Ahmed's groundbreaking trilogy examining relations between America and the Muslim world, the author draws on forty case studies representing the global span of Islam to demonstrate how the U.S. has become involved directly or indirectly in each of these societies. The study provides the social and historical context necessary to understand how both central governments and tribal societies have become embroiled in America's war. Beginning with Waziristan and expanding to societies in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, Ahmed offers a fresh approach to the conflicts studied and presents an unprecedented paradigm for understanding and winning the war on terror. The Thistle and the Drone was the 2013 Foreword Reviews Gold winner for Political Science.

Orissa, the Lost Footsteps

7 - km - long bridge . The river has become part of the city ' s real estate business
. A visitor negotiating the bridge may not see the barrage but will not miss the
unending row of trucks that carry sand from the river bed to construction sites .

Author : Kamal K. Mohanty

Release : 2001

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Articles on the political conditions in Orissa in 20th century.

From Sea to Sea

ITS BANKS. ... There was a river and a bar, a pilot and a great deal of nautical
mystery, and the Captain said the journey from Calcutta was ended and that we ...

Author : Rudyard Kipling

Release : 2006-04-01

Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN : 1596058242

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This collection of notes and essays on Kipling's world travels reveals a man bursting with self-deprecating wit, keen observational powers, and an intelligent awareness of his own cultural biases and prejudices. First published in 1899, this volume serves as a delightful reminder of Kipling's genius.

In the Footsteps of the Lost Ten Tribes

The most fascinating legend of Jewish heritage, originating in the mists of history and ending with the greatest riddle in Jewish history, is the legend of the en Lost Tribes the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Israel who were exiled by the ...

Author : Avigdor Shachan

Release : 2007

Publisher : Devora Publishing


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The most fascinating legend of Jewish heritage, originating in the mists of history and ending with the greatest riddle in Jewish history, is the legend of the en Lost Tribes the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Israel who were exiled by the Assyrians in 722 BCE.

Street of Lost Footsteps

What were they to make of slogans and proverbs like , “ Every man is man , ” or , “
The rock in the river never knows the misery of the rock in the sun " ? But Haiti ' s
masses understand that although every man may well be all mankind , the rich ...

Author : Lyonel Trouillot

Release : 2003

Publisher : U of Nebraska Press


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Lyonel Trouillot’s harrowing novel depicts a night of blazing violence in modern-day Port-au-Prince and recalls hundreds of years of violence stretching back even before the birth of Haiti in the fires of revolution. Three narrators—a madam, a taxi driver, and a post office employee—describe in almost hallucinatory terms the escalating chaos of a bloody uprising that pits the partisans of the Prophet against the murderous might of the great dictator Deceased Forever-Immortal. The drama of promise and betrayal in Haitian life inform’s Street of Lost Footsteps with the grim irony and savage tenderness characteristic of writers for whom the repetitiveness of history has gone beyond tragedy, through farce, and on into insanity. With impressive originality and touching immediacy, Trouillot explores the nature of political oppression, memory, and truth.

In Search of Burma

River of Lost Footsteps HE Irrawaddy , " huge and ochreous ” , is the lifeline of
Burma . From its source in the eastern Himalayas the great river sweeps down
from the heart of Asia to the Indian Ocean . " So immense is the volume of water
that ...

Author : Caroline Courtauld

Release : 1984

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In the Footsteps of Orpheus

Author : Robert F. Paget

Release : 1967

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Massacre River

A Note on the Translation A few years ago , while translating into English Lyonel
Trouillot ' s Street of Lost Footsteps , a densely allusive novel set in Portau -
Prince , I was doing lots of research and speaking with many people about Haiti .

Author : René Philoctète

Release : 2008

Publisher : New Directions Publishing

ISBN : 9780811217255

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A tale set against a backdrop of 1937's massacre of thousands of Haitians under the orders of power-mad generalissimo Trujillo finds the loving interracial marriage of Dominican Pedro and Haitian AdäA le shattered when a group of soldiers arrive in theirDominican border town intent on murdering Haitian citizens.

The Lost River

Ghosh ended his report with an important reflection on the flow of the bygone
river: the Harappan sites 'on the bank of ... Following in his footsteps, the
Pakistani archaeologist Mohammad Rafique Mughal undertook a systematic
exploration of ...

Author : Michel Danino

Release : 2010-03-12

Publisher : Penguin UK

ISBN : 9351187748

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The Indian subcontinent was the scene of dramatic upheavals a few thousand years ago. The Northwest region entered an arid phase, and erosion coupled with tectonic events played havoc with river courses. One of them disappeared. Celebrated as -Sarasvati' in the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, this river was rediscovered in the early nineteenth century through topographic explorations by British officials. Recently, geological and climatological studies have probed its evolution and disappearance, while satellite imagery has traced the river's buried courses and isotope analyses have dated ancient waters still stored under the Thar Desert. In the same Northwest, the subcontinent's first urban society"the Indus civilization"flourished and declined. But it was not watered by the Indus alone: since Aurel Stein's expedition in the 1940s, hundreds of Harappan sites have been identified in the now dry Sarasvati's basin. The rich Harappan legacy in technologies, arts and culture sowed the seeds of Indian civilization as we know it now. Drawing from recent research in a wide range of disciplines, this book discusses differing viewpoints and proposes a harmonious synthesis"a fascinating tale of exploration that brings to life the vital role the -lost river of the Indian desert' played before its waters gurgled to a stop.

Dead Man's Footsteps

Running, stumbling, across the river. Across an endless bridge through an
endless swirling, choking grey hell. Ronnie lost track of time. Lost track of
direction. Just followed the grey ghosts. Suddenly, for one fleeting instant, he
smelled the tang ...

Author : Peter James

Release : 2008-09-04

Publisher : Pan Macmillan

ISBN : 0230739164

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Dead Man's Footsteps is the fourth novel in the multi-million copy bestselling Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, from number one author Peter James. From the ashes of mass destruction . . . Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton.

Following in the Footsteps of Ernest Hemingway

On a camping trip in August 1984 , I planned on fishing Rush River in Pierce
County . When I wasn ' t able to catch a brown over fifteen inches in the Rush , I
went to my secondary stream , Lost Creek . It ' s a small , cold - water feeder
stream ...

Author : Jay Ford Thurston

Release : 2005

Publisher : Savage Press

ISBN : 9781886028739

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Vincent River

Right here. Left here. Try to get lost. Footsteps echoing – Hang on! Some old
stone steps. Where'd they go? Down . . . Bleach! Brilliant white light. White tiles.
Trickling water. A man! He's leaning against the porcelain. I've seen him on the

Author : Philip Ridley

Release : 2014-05-01

Publisher : A&C Black

ISBN : 1408142120

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Davey has seen something he can't forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. These two have never met. Tonight their paths cross with devastating consequences. Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, Vincent River explores the classic Ridley themes of loss, sexual identity, the family as a destructive force, East London and the redemptive power of storytelling. Vincent River premiered at Hampstead Theatre on 6 September 2000. It received its West End premiere at the Trafalgar Studios on 30 October 2007.

Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations

The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma. London: Faber & Faber
. Thayer, C. A.(2009). Vietnamand the Challengeof PoliticalCivilSociety.
Contemporary Southeast Asia,31(1),1–27. Thompson, E.C.(2009). Mobile
Phones ...

Author : L. Quayle

Release : 2013-01-17

Publisher : Springer

ISBN : 1137026855

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This book examines the interface between the theoretical framework known as the English School and the international and transnational politics of Southeast Asia. The region-theory dialogue it proposes signals productive ways forward for the theory.