When I came to Yangon 8 years ago, I was surprised that many people read a book or a magazine on the streets. I thought Myanmar had a high level of education and literacy rates were very high, as most people were able to read. Yet those people who read books or magazines almost vanished in these 8 years. The smartphones have taken the place of types written on papers. Most of the people who hung out on the street watched the screen of their smartphone.
Yet bookworms seemed to keep making a meager living like endangered species. Walking the area near Sule Pagoda, I found a used bookseller on the sidewalk. The number of street booksellers like him also dropped away in 8 years. Standing in front of the store, the storekeeper just repaired a cover sheet of a used book. And a customer came and started to hunt out the books. When I saw them, I was relieved to see old-fashioned bookworms still on the streets.
|Dec 2018 MYANMAR PEOPLE|
|BOOK BOOKSTORE REPAIR TATTOO YANGON|
December 1, 2018
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