Minority Culture

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How much does practice of dominant “Myanmar” media influence Ta'ang minority culture in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar?
Nowai Linn
Bangkok University of International College

Regardless of The Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s rich diverse ethnic groups, dislike rate of Ta’ang minorities over influential manner of majority “Myanmar” culture have been hot issues in ethnic society. Dominance of “Myanmar” culture overwhelms Ta’ang ethnic young people through its “one-nation” policy, oppressing mother language, culture and history as well as forcefully practicing “Myanmar” media which ranges from publishing to broadcasting amidst Ta’ang self-administered towns. This research examines the impact of practices
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(Sakhong, 2012, The Dynamics of Sixty Years of Ethnic Armed Conflict in Burma) In addition, “the promulgations of the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law and the 1965 Censor Law” (Sakhong, 2012) made stumbling blocks for the publications of ethnic languages and cutting off “information” in ethnic areas, military government have prohibited the publication of any information in ethnic languages. (Sakhong, 2012, The Dynamics of Sixty Years of Ethnic Armed Conflict in Burma) Therefore, there is no independent newspaper, no independent radio station and no printing house for any ethnic language until U Thein Sein were assigned in…show more content…
Today’s Ta’ang youngsters were not only being treated as second class citizens but also in great danger of losing traditional cultures due to diffusion of “Myanmar” media in various different platforms. Only “Myanmar” culture, festival, vary art form, historical events are officially allowed to practice at government school, broadcast through channels and publish through print media. This results generation of Ta’ang hazy sense of historical events, negative manner to adapt own culture, and at worst, youngsters do not speak their mother language anymore. As McCombs(2002) cited “What people know about the world is largely based on media reports and media can thus set the agenda for the public.” This agenda-setting effect of media can influence not only what objects people should think about. (Price Tewksbury, & Powers, 1993,

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