Living Bricks: How Heritage Buildings Enhance Social Fabric | May Thway Ko | TEDxInyaLake

What do Ghandi, George Orwell and Pablo Neruda all have in common? They either lived in or visited Yangon at some point in their lives. This talk by May Thway Ko of Yangon Heritage Trust takes us on a tour through the sights and stories of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon or Rangoon as it was known. Join May Thway as she shows us the rich history and heritage of the city’s old buildings and its diverse inhabitants and reminds us that preserving this great city’s past is just as important as building its present and future.

May Thway Ko is the external relations officer of the Yangon Heritage Trust and a special assistant to the Director and Chairman of the Trust. In her role, she is involved in activities of the Trust, including conducting social surveys of the livelihoods of downtown Yangon, liaising with the government, and collaborating on heritage-related events and activities. She is occasionally involved in arranging heritage tours in Yangon and hosting senior international and national figures who visit Yangon including ambassadors and prime ministers. She holds a background in a variety of complementary academic disciplines, including international relations, European studies, conflict analysis, anthropology, international development and project management. She attained a BA in European Studies and an MA in Global Political Studies from Malmö University, Sweden, where as part of her studies she also attended CopenhagenBusiness School (Denmark) and Utrecht University (Netherlands).

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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