It was far easier to find good stuff to read before visiting Myanmar than for Indonesia.
First of all, a good news source: http://yangon.coconuts.co – the site is good for SEAsia in general
Here’s a short list:
- The works of Aung San Suu Kyi
- Anything George Orwell wrote on Burma, from Shooting an Elephant to Burmese Days: A Novel
- There is also a 2006 followup, Finding George Orwell in Burma
- This looks good too: From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey
For those interested in Human Rights, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs posted the transcript of the hearing “Burma’s Challenge: Democracy, Human Rights, Peace, and the Plight of the Rohingya” online, along with video and testimony. This is also just a good way to see the US government in action.
I’m also looking for a good history of Bagan…