February 23, 2010

62nd Chin National Day Celebrations

I was honoured to be invited to the 62nd Chin National Day Celebrations in Tokyo. The Chin are an ethnic minority group in Burma. Due to their persecution by the Burmese military regime, many have been forced to flee and try to rebuild their lives in foreign lands, as refugees. Sadly, this is reflective of all minority groups in Burma.

However, as tragic as the plight is back at home, the joy and pride that the Chin have for their unique culture, shone magnificently throughout the event in Tokyo.

The evening of celebrations that I attended were a fantastic, determined display of Chin culture, which consisted of traditional singing and dancing, as well as a fashion show.

A highlight of the evening, was Sung Tin Par - one of Burma's most popular singers and an international star. She was absolutely spectacular.

Photography by El-Branden Brazil

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