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Opinions and Thoughts

Opinions and Thoughts

By Soeya Min

Opinions and Thoughts is a long form conversation and interview podcast from Myanmar. Here we talk openly and freely about Myanmar society, culture and business with a twist of comedy.
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Episode #55 - Ven Nandacara
Episode #55 - Ven Nandacara
Venerable Nandacara is a Theravada Buddhist Monk from Myanmar. He studied Master of Buddhist Counselling at the University of Hong Kong with full scholarship. He has published four books related to Buddhist Psychology. 
01:40:26
December 07, 2022
Episode #54 Life of a migrant student with Thar Htoo(Be Unique)
Episode #54 Life of a migrant student with Thar Htoo(Be Unique)
Thar Htoo is studying M.Ed in Thailand. He is the founder of Alintan Education. He is also a podcaster at Thar Htoo(Be Unique).
02:03:28
May 15, 2022
Episode #53 - Esports and Dota2 with Zeyar Nyi from Gaming Noodle
Episode #53 - Esports and Dota2 with Zeyar Nyi from Gaming Noodle
Zeyar Nyi is from Gaming Noodle which is an epsorts media page. We talked about the current esports situation in Myanmar and the upcoming Dota2 Major.
01:01:03
May 08, 2022
Episode #52 - Supporting the refugees at the Thailand border with Hnin Thet Hmu Khin (Round-2)
Episode #52 - Supporting the refugees at the Thailand border with Hnin Thet Hmu Khin (Round-2)
Hnin Thet Hmu Khin is a public speaker, social worker and humanitarian who is now studying for Ph.D. in Human Rights.
01:07:14
April 22, 2022
Episode 51 - Hosting Radio Shows with Ko Zarni from Mandalay FM
Episode 51 - Hosting Radio Shows with Ko Zarni from Mandalay FM
Zarni Aung Htet is a famous radio host from Mandalay FM.
53:36
April 01, 2022
Episode 50 - How she did what she did with Chuu Wai Nyein
Episode 50 - How she did what she did with Chuu Wai Nyein
Chuu Wai Nyein is a Mandalay artist who has been active since 2008 when she began studying at the National University of Art and Culture (Mandalay) and Technological University (Mandalay). She has had eight solo exhibitions and already had about 30 local and international exhibitions including London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Canberra.
01:22:00
March 26, 2022
Episode 49 - Shifting The Focus And Minimizing The Negative Impacts with Sai Kyi Zin Soe(Ph.D.)
Episode 49 - Shifting The Focus And Minimizing The Negative Impacts with Sai Kyi Zin Soe(Ph.D.)
Sai Kyi Zin Soe(Ph.D.) is an entrepreneur, researcher, teacher, political commentator and master provocateur. He received Ph.D. from University of Sydney with Australian Scholarship Award for his thesis "Influence of donor aid policy on disability inclusion in Myanmar". He has conducted multiple researches on various social and political topics- working with many INGOs and Govt organizations in Myanmar.
01:30:45
March 18, 2022
Episode 48 - Linguistic, Science and stuff with Minn Htut Kyaw
Episode 48 - Linguistic, Science and stuff with Minn Htut Kyaw
Minn Htut Kyaw is an architect who writes about Burmese linguistics and Physics on Facebook.
01:19:04
March 12, 2022
Episode 47 - I want to give my songs to everyone for free with ZiG( round 2)
Episode 47 - I want to give my songs to everyone for free with ZiG( round 2)
ZiG is a singer/songwriter. He also paints abstract arts.
56:38
March 04, 2022
Episode 46 - Everything is Connected in 21st Century with Ko Wai Yan P Naing and Ko Aung Khant
Episode 46 - Everything is Connected in 21st Century with Ko Wai Yan P Naing and Ko Aung Khant
Ko Wai Yan and Ko Aung Khant join with me to talk about current crisis in Ukraine and impact this will have on Myanmar and the world. 
51:24
February 26, 2022
Episode 45 - My Thoughts on Ukraine-Russia Crisis
Episode 45 - My Thoughts on Ukraine-Russia Crisis
Some thoughts on the current situation in Ukraine and Russia. Not full thoughts though, just the tip of the iceberg.
23:19
February 24, 2022
Opinions and Thoughts #44 - First of the year 2022
Opinions and Thoughts #44 - First of the year 2022
My wish for Myanmar and some thoughts on current issues.
21:44
February 06, 2022
Opinions and Thoughts #43 - Alco
Opinions and Thoughts #43 - Alco
Alco is an artists and a poet who also has his own podcast called "eyes closed conversations". 
01:03:30
December 17, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #42 - Anonymous ( through hell of Yay Kyi Ai Sakhan)
Opinions and Thoughts #42 - Anonymous ( through hell of Yay Kyi Ai Sakhan)
He was arrested and had to go through hell of "Yay Kyi Ai Sit Kyaw Yay Sakhan". Share his experiences on his arrest and covid 3rd wave oxygen crisis. 
01:01:11
December 09, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #41 - Alexander Ahkar
Opinions and Thoughts #41 - Alexander Ahkar
Alex is a Fulbright Scholar to Georgetown Law and a member of Students For Free Burma. We talked about his academic journey, laws and jury system, transitional justice and also about Spring University Myanmar.
01:02:48
December 03, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts 40 - Ma Su Thit (from Wives and Families of People Soldiers)
Opinions and Thoughts 40 - Ma Su Thit (from Wives and Families of People Soldiers)
Ma Su Thit is a spoke person from Pyithu Sit-Thar Za-Nee Myar. She shared her and her husband experience of defecting and helping other people like her.
45:57
November 25, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #39 - Wai Yan P. Naing
Opinions and Thoughts #39 - Wai Yan P. Naing
Wai Yan P. Naing is a Ph.D. candidate at National Research University Higher School of Economics(Moscow, Russia). His thesis is on the socio-economic relationship between Myanmar and China.
01:28:00
November 18, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #38 - Van Sui Mawi from Thangtalang
Opinions and Thoughts #38 - Van Sui Mawi from Thangtalang
Van Sui Mawi was born and raised in Thangtalang town, Chin State. Her family lost their home in recent events.
53:41
November 10, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #37 with Min Zaw
Opinions and Thoughts #37 with Min Zaw
Ko Min Zaw is an assistant lecturer and researcher at Georgia Tech University. We talked about his academic journey, being a minority in Myanmar and a little bit on A.I (hope to talk about it more but the episode is already 2hr long. Probably next time)
01:59:42
November 03, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #36 - Aung Khant
Opinions and Thoughts #36 - Aung Khant
Aung Khant is an award winning photojournalist from Myanmar and he also produces documentaries.
01:26:19
September 19, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #35 - Derek Phyo Paing
Opinions and Thoughts #35 - Derek Phyo Paing
Derek Phyo Paing is a serial entrepreneur, marketing consultant and coach.
58:41
August 30, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #34 - The Insights
Opinions and Thoughts #34 - The Insights
The Insights is a data visualization team from Myanmar which started during the 2020 General Election.
46:24
August 22, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #33 - Htet Aung Lin
Opinions and Thoughts #33 - Htet Aung Lin
Htet Aung Lin is a humanitarian turn revolutionary. We talked about how the urban population can support the defense forces.
01:34:15
August 05, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #32 - Zayar Lynn (Madnest)
Opinions and Thoughts #32 - Zayar Lynn (Madnest)
Zayar Lynn is the founder of Madnest which is an Art,Music and Culture brand.
49:59
July 24, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #31(part-2) - Chu May Paing
Opinions and Thoughts #31(part-2) - Chu May Paing
After, highly downloaded part-1 of this episode, the part-2 is here! Chu May Paing is a PhD candidate in anthropology at a university in Colorado, USA. We talked about anthropology, ideologies, and gender issues.
47:14
July 16, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #31 (part-1) - Chu May Paing
Opinions and Thoughts #31 (part-1) - Chu May Paing
Chu May Paing is a PhD candidate in anthropology at a university in Colorado, USA. We talked about anthropology, ideologies, and gender issues.
51:13
July 09, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #30 - A.James (IDP camp founder in Chin State)
Opinions and Thoughts #30 - A.James (IDP camp founder in Chin State)
A.James (alias) is a founder of internally displaced people camp in Mindat, Chin State. He share his experiences about living and working there.
01:24:36
July 07, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #22 - Charles Aung Steber
Opinions and Thoughts #22 - Charles Aung Steber
Charles Aung Steber is a director at IABM which is a non-profit organization that is providing health insurance to front line healthcare workers. He is also the president elect of Rotaract Yangon and director at Ginnacle import & export Pte Ltd.
01:19:57
July 02, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #29 (part-2) - Nickey Diamond (Ye Myint Win)
Opinions and Thoughts #29 (part-2) - Nickey Diamond (Ye Myint Win)
Nickey Diamond, (aka) Ye Myint Win, is a Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights in Myanmar. He joined Fortify Rights in September 2015. He is a human rights defender and an academic activist. Nickey founded Youth for Social Change Myanmar (YSCM) in 2007 and he holds an M.A. in human rights from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Now he is pursuing a Ph.D. in political and legal anthropology on the topic of “Anti-Muslim Hate Speech in Myanmar” at the University of Konstanz in Germany.
24:28
June 30, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #29 (part-1) - Nickey Diamond (Ye Myint Win)
Opinions and Thoughts #29 (part-1) - Nickey Diamond (Ye Myint Win)
Nickey Diamond, (aka) Ye Myint Win, is a Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights in Myanmar. He joined Fortify Rights in September 2015. He is a human rights defender and an academic activist. Nickey founded Youth for Social Change Myanmar (YSCM) in 2007 and he holds an M.A. in human rights from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Now he is pursuing a Ph.D. in political and legal anthropology on the topic of “Anti-Muslim Hate Speech in Myanmar” at the University of Konstanz in Germany.
01:30:49
June 29, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #28 - Sebby (Sebby Reads)
Opinions and Thoughts #28 - Sebby (Sebby Reads)
Sebby is a bookstagrammer. He is one of the few from Myanmar that runs a book review page on Instagram.
01:02:03
June 10, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #27 - Hnin Thet Hmu Khin
Opinions and Thoughts #27 - Hnin Thet Hmu Khin
Hnin Thet Hmu Khin volunteered as a humanitarian worker in Rakhine State.
55:57
June 03, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #26 - Zaw Min Tin (Pixellion)
Opinions and Thoughts #26 - Zaw Min Tin (Pixellion)
Zaw Min TIn is the founder and C.E.O of Pixellion, the leading digital agency in Myanmar.
56:57
May 29, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #25 - PJW (Win Ko Ko Aung)
Opinions and Thoughts #25 - PJW (Win Ko Ko Aung)
Win Ko Ko Aung is the author of the best-selling book called A 21st Century Burmese Guy.
01:15:25
May 18, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #24 - Maw Htun Aung
Opinions and Thoughts #24 - Maw Htun Aung
Maw Htun Aung is a dedicated policy entrepreneur with decades long policy advocacy experience. He represented SNLD party in 2020 election and competed in the 5th district of A-Myo-Thar Hluttaw (the Upper House of Myanmar Parliament)  
01:16:50
May 05, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #23 - Htuu Lou Rae
Opinions and Thoughts #23 - Htuu Lou Rae
Htuu Lou Rae is a political activist from Myanmar. He founded Coexist.
01:06:52
May 02, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts - Special Edition 1
Opinions and Thoughts - Special Edition 1
Just me talking about current situation in Myanmar.
30:47
February 09, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #21 - Myo Kyawt Myaing
Opinions and Thoughts #21 - Myo Kyawt Myaing
Myo Kyawt is a famous Singer/Songwriter and Record Producer in Myanmar.
01:12:13
January 14, 2021
Opinions and Thoughts #20 - Thiha Zaw
Opinions and Thoughts #20 - Thiha Zaw
Thiha Zaw is a campaign leader for Save the Irrawaddy Dolphins Online campaign and also a planet hero from WWF
58:48
December 30, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #18 - Daniel Saw
Opinions and Thoughts #18 - Daniel Saw
Daniel Saw ins songwriter, composer and a singer. He recently won Best Theme Song award at Asian Academy Creative Awards 2020.
01:39:19
December 14, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #19 - Aung Kaung and Kyaw Soe
Opinions and Thoughts #19 - Aung Kaung and Kyaw Soe
Aung Kaung is sound engineer and Kyaw Soe is show-caller and stage designer. They both are part of Burmese Production which is the leading event production company in Myanmar.
58:39
December 14, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #16 - ZiG
Opinions and Thoughts #16 - ZiG
ZiG is a singer, songwriter and a model.
52:22
September 08, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #15 - Aung Tun Lin
Opinions and Thoughts #15 - Aung Tun Lin
Aung Tun Lin is the founder and C.E.O of Capstone Education Consulting.
54:37
September 08, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #14 - Jerry Jay
Opinions and Thoughts #14 - Jerry Jay
Jerry Jay is a young music producer and DJ from Myanmar. He recently released an E.P called Frequency Architecture.
36:25
September 03, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #13 - Su
Opinions and Thoughts #13 - Su
Su is a trained therapist from Counseling Corner in Yangon. She specializes  in domestic violence and relationships. 
42:21
September 03, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #12 - Raymond
Opinions and Thoughts #12 - Raymond
Raymond is a singer/song writer and lead vocalist of "Idiots" band which is very famous in Myanmar.
54:16
July 30, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #11 - Sopyae Aung and Sai Shwe Toe
Opinions and Thoughts #11 - Sopyae Aung and Sai Shwe Toe
Sopyae Aung and Sai Shwe Toe are 2 of the founders of H.O.G, a leading Esports organization in Myanmar. 
55:38
July 20, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #9 - Thar Htet Aung
Opinions and Thoughts #9 - Thar Htet Aung
Thar Htet Aung is a science communicator in Myanmar. His latest book is available at https://bit.ly/2Neoftv
01:05:46
July 20, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #10 - Comedy in the City.
Opinions and Thoughts #10 - Comedy in the City.
Ye Wunna is the man behind the Comedy in the City which is a sketch comedy channel popular in Myanmar.
44:01
July 20, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #8 - Kaung Sett
Opinions and Thoughts #8 - Kaung Sett
Kaung Sett is the Creative Director of H-Life Entertainment, the leading EDM promoter in Myanmar.
01:14:22
July 20, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #7 - G-Tone
Opinions and Thoughts #7 - G-Tone
G-Tone is a rapper/producer and a member of the collective called M.H.A during the second generation era of Myanmar Hip Hop scene.
01:01:60
June 20, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #6 - Khat Zaw
Opinions and Thoughts #6 - Khat Zaw
Khat Zaw is the author of best selling book "The Guys of Rangoon 1930" which focus on the life of legendary gangster "Lanmadaw Phoe Tote".
35:20
June 18, 2020
Opinions and Thoughts #4 - PAST12 and LEONIUM
Opinions and Thoughts #4 - PAST12 and LEONIUM
PAST12 and LEONIUM are DJ/Music Producers. They are part of the Myoh Gawli which was the first ever nationwide EDM tour in Myanmar.
50:29
June 18, 2020