To come or not come
The question of whether to come or not to Burma is legitimate. But we don't ask ourselves this question for other countries though perhaps we should. With regards to Asia; is it legitimate to go to a country where women are being burnt alive each year amidst total indifference? Or should we travel in dictatorships which continue to attract many tourists and where ethnic minorities experience suffering. The list is long and we will stop here. The aim of these few lines is not to deny some realities, but we would just like to stimulate thought about the legitimacy of Burma's stigmatization.
And if the question of whether to come or not to Burma is legitimate, categorical and moralizing answers aren't. Our choice is to live in this country with a clear conscience, and to work in unison with the Burmese.
In addition, our philosophy is that tourism is the link with the outside world, an opportunity for intercultural exchanges and sharing of knowledge.
For we who live in Burma and share the daily life of the Burmese, this is invaluable.