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Watch: Celebrated Myanmar Troupe and 'Outstanding Performance of the Year' Nominee Shwe Man Thabin

Members of Myanmar's Shwe Man Thabin company perform at Asia Society New York on April 11, 2015. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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Watch the full Asia Society program featuring Myanmar's celebrated troupe Shwe Man Thabin, which has been nominated for Outstanding Performance of the Year by The New York Dance and Performance Awards.

#TBT: Burmese National Theater Makes Historic U.S. Visit in 1975

Dancers from the Burmese National Theater collaborate with American dancers at the Martha Graham Studio in New York during a historic U.S. visit in 1975. (Dan Sterbling)
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Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: dancers from the Burmese National Theater teach American students at the legendary Martha Graham's New York studio.

Interview: Open Society Foundations Director on Challenges That Could 'Derail' Myanmar's Reform Process

Binaifer Nowrojee. (Andrew Testa/Panos Pictures)
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Open Society Foundations (OSF) has been working in Myanmar since 1994. In an interview with Asia Blog, Binaifer Nowrojee, OSF’s regional director for Asia, reflects on the nation’s journey over the last 20 years.

George Soros on Myanmar: A Long-Term Investment That 'Paid Off'

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Foundations, speaking at Asia Society in New York on Thursday, April 20, 2015. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
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But, the billionaire investor and philanthropist warned the Asia Society audience, ethnic tensions and a lack of tolerance threaten economic and political progress in the Southeast Asian nation.

Video: Myanmar's Democratic and Economic Reforms Are 'Underappreciated'

(L to R) Tom Nagorski, Thant Myint-U, Tom Freston, and Priscilla Clapp discuss Myanmar's historic political and economic turnaround at Asia Society New York on April 21, 2015.
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In a discussion at Asia Society New York, Thant Myint-U, Priscilla Clapp, and Tom Freston argued that Myanmar has moved a long way toward a democratic system and an open economy since reforms began in 2011.

Discover Your Myanmar Zodiac Sign With Our New Online Tool

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Are you a Dragon or a Guinea Pig? Is your planet Mars or Jupiter? And what does this all say about your personality? Use our interactive Myanmar astrology tool to find out.

Watch: 90 Mesmerizing Seconds Floating Above Myanmar's Land of 2000 Temples

Hot air balloons fly over ancient temples in Bagan, Myanmar, at sunrise on November 25, 2014. (Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP/Getty Images)
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Let the website Jungles in Paris take you on a breathtaking tour of the ancient city of Bagan, the world’s largest collection of religious structures.

Multimedia: Critics Laud Asia Society's Shwe Man Thabin Event as 'Rare Taste of Myanmar's Culture'

Members of Shwe Man Thabin perform at Asia Society New York on April 11, 2015. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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"Audience members lingered in their seats, dazed, even after the performers had bowed and waved goodbye," remarked the New York Times after a sold-out performance at Asia Society New York.

Multimedia: Celebrated Troupe Brings Myanmar's Performance Tradition to New York

An evening of zat pwe presents a panoply of music, song, dance, drama, and comedy. (Rachel Cooper)
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Learn about zat pwe — a traditional Myanmar performance form combining music, dance, and theater into a unique variety extravaganza  — ahead of three Asia Society New York events this weekend.

Timelapse: How Art Handlers Move an Ancient 724-Pound Sandstone Sculpture

On loan from the national Museum in Yangon, Myanmar, this double-sided stele is a sandstone sculpture that dates from the fourth to the sixth century CE.
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Watch a team of art handlers orchestrate the installation of a sandstone stele dating back to the fourth to sixth century for Asia Society Museum's exhibition Buddhist Art of Myanmar.