U Maung Win's Oral History



U Maung Win's Oral History


• Male aged 50
• Ethnic Kachin, Christian businessman
• Resides in Yangon
• His retail shop had to close and adapt to online sales after lockdown
• Led government neighbourhood-level COVID-19 response along with a charitable initiative distributing rice, oil and household items to trishaw drivers.
• Received no government support as he is too affluent for criteria.
• Witnessed both major political parties distributing food and relief to people in the neighbourhood and spraying streets with disinfectant.
• Feels the government was careful and honest in communicating about the COVID-19 pandemic with citizens.
• Worked at the polling station and distributed masks and face shields to the people who came to vote on the election day.
• Feels people were not swayed to vote for any particular party by the COVID-19 social support as people can “separate the things that are important and unimportant” and had already made up their minds to vote for the NLD.
• Thinks the government should do more for COVID-19 response including through tax reductions and loans to business people.

Date Created

First interview: November 1, 2020
Second interview: December 3, 2020

Language of interview



Changes to daily routine
-Family meals 1
-Space 1
Comparison with past crises 1
Elections (2020)
-Election day 3
-Hopes for new government 5
-Impact of Covid-19 on voting decision 3
-Precautions during Covid-19 3-4
-Pre-election 2
-Previous elections 3-4
Job 1
Response measures for Covid-19
-Assistance for Covid-19 relief 1-2
-Government measures 2
-Local measures 1
-Quarantine 1
-Reactions to measures 2

Item sets

U Maung Win's Oral History (translation)