Xingping, China, July 2015 © ZhendeGender The 20 yuan (renminbi) image is the view from Xingping, China Xingping, China, July 2015 © ZhendeGender
When I first arrived in Beijing in September 2014, I knew almost nothing about the country I’d just moved to. I was embarking on a new life that didn’t seem to have a sell-by date – I had no idea how long I’d stay or even when I would next go home. While many of [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daj1qlw5qrI Reading this in China? View Narrate China on youku “It was a very peaceful place… and up ahead, we hear this blood curdling scream”. When he met a traveller on the way to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Tom accidentally got more than he bargained for. In this video, Tom thinks back on an old story from [...]
Two children watch a python and owner in the street during a Buddhist festival, near Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon, Burma | January 2017 © ZhendeGender
Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw can be found at the British Embassy, working for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Yangon from 9-5, and leading her own dressmaking start-up, Virya Couture, on 39th Street every evening, juggling two completely different careers but pursuing one dream. Pyone spans sectors while securing rights for her fellow women [...]
Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw is a Rakhine Burmese woman who works for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Yangon, and runs her own dressmaking start-up in her spare time. As the founder and head designer at Virya Couture, she teaches vocational skills to underprivileged women, helping them overcome poverty.
Betel nut is Burma (Myanmar)'s most common addiction. Little parcels of tobacco and Areca nuts wrapped in lime-coated betel leaves are passed around and chewed. Coating leaves in lime, Yangon, Burma, Jan 2017 © ZhendeGender Betel is commonly chewed by cab drivers who use the drug concoction to stay awake for long hours on the [...]
Faceless statue of Buddha, Kayin State, Burma (Myanmar), August 2015 © ZhendeGender
Women's access to religious sites, idols and alters is heavily restricted in many locations across Burma (Myanmar)
If I got pregnant or had children before I got married? I would get shame, and my parents wouldn’t call me their daughter.