Proud to be Burmese

While discussing the upcoming ‘Tell Your Own Story‘ workshop with Burmese refugee students at Best Friends School (also known as School 42 Kilometers) near Mae Sot, Thailand, it was suggested that the boys team create a video about Burmese games. We decided to take them through the brainstorming process anyway. And it was these young boys who came up with the idea to make the video “Proud to Be Burmese”. It was a simple, yet beautiful topic. And they moved through the brainstorming and video capturing almost effortlessly. They KNEW their Burmese Pride very well. Watch their video…

 Later, discussing this strong sense of pride with NGO workers from France and Spain, we all commented that although we are thankful to have been born where we were, we don’t possess such a palpable sense of cultural pride. Perhaps the Burman people, who have fled Burma into this refugee area of Thailand for the past 25 years, sense a greater need to preserve their pride. But it has me wondering: what sense of pride do you feel about being from your country?