Tea Leaves

A statue of a Chin tribesman stands in front of a model of the heart-shaped Rih Lake at the National Races Village in Yangon. (Photo by Sean Gleeson)

Myanmar's monument to myth

Cosmetic vision of national harmony belies fraught history of ethnic relations

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