Valarie Salazar, Khinny Lin, Grace Brindle, Lea Winston, Mila Knezevic

1988. 2007. 2021. Each year marks a pivotal moment in Myanmar’s collective memory as democratic protest movements erupted throughout the country in response to the corruption, totalitarianism, and state-sponsored violence of the military junta.

Exploring the interplay between these different moments across time and space, we examine symbols of resistance to understand how generations of Myanmar protesters have participated in civil disobedience and acted as agents of change. How do collective memory and intergenerational trauma drive these movements? How have they evolved, or stayed the same, across time? What is the influence of social media and an increasingly globalized world on protest tactics?

Civil Disobedience in Burma