Myanmar Oral Histories

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Myanmar Oral Histories


Oral history interviews collected by the Myanmar national team for the "Living with COVID-19 in Southeast Asia" project

These oral history interviews were conducted over the period of October 2020 – December 2020 as part of the “Living in Covid-19 in SEA: Personal and Visual Experiences of Crisis, Control and Community” project.

In lieu of the sensitive and recent nature of events discussed, the following edits have been made to the transcripts to preserve interviewer anonymity:
• Names of narrators have been replaced with pseudonyms assigned by the country’s National Lead.
• Addresses have been anonymized.
• Specific workplace/organization affiliations have been anonymized.

Due to a different project scope this transcript differs slightly from other countries in the archive.
- Rather than being in time-stamped dialogue format, the transcript is written up in a narrative format organized into key themes. Interviewer voice or questions are not recorded in the transcript.
- Transcript includes interviewees’ description of experiences of the pandemic election held in November 2020.
- Transcript includes relevant excerpts from two interviews: the first conducted prior to the November 2020 election; and the second conducted in the weeks after the November 2020 election (prior to the 1st February 2021 military coup).

Sadly, the talented researchers who conducted and transcribed interviews cannot be named to protect their identity due to the crackdowns on scholars and activists following the military coup on 1st February 2021. We express our gratitude for their invaluable help and commitment to recording these oral histories and to interviewees for ensuring the voices of Myanmar people are included in archives of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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