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    Street scenes in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012.
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    Street scenes in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012.
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    Scenes along the historic waterfront Strand Road, with the faded but majestic British colonian buildings in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 19, 2012.
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    Worder unload boats with food and other goods, while food stalls sell their wares in the early morning at the Sintohtan jetty, along the riverfront of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 18, 2012.
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    With the freeing up of media, newsstands have sprung up all over Burma, including this one near 49th Street in downtown Yangon, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012.
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    Street scenes near 49th Street in downtown Yangon, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012.
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    Young girls eat and study at the Zabu Oak Shaung Nunnery Free School for Buddhist Nuns in Kyauktan Township, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012. There are 600 students, mostly orphans and poor children from areas with ethnic minorities, including the Karen, Mon, Rakhine and Shan ethnic groups.
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    Young girls eat and study at the Zabu Oak Shaung Nunnery Free School for Buddhist Nuns in Kyauktan Township, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012. There are 600 students, mostly orphans and poor children from areas with ethnic minorities, including the Karen, Mon, Rakhine and Shan ethnic groups.
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    Young girls eat and study at the Zabu Oak Shaung Nunnery Free School for Buddhist Nuns in Kyauktan Township, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012. There are 600 students, mostly orphans and poor children from areas with ethnic minorities, including the Karen, Mon, Rakhine and Shan ethnic groups.
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    Young girls eat and study at the Zabu Oak Shaung Nunnery Free School for Buddhist Nuns in Kyauktan Township, Burma on Dec. 13, 2012. There are 600 students, mostly orphans and poor children from areas with ethnic minorities, including the Karen, Mon, Rakhine and Shan ethnic groups.
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    Students and their families and friends gather for commencement rehearsals at Yangon University in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 20, 2012. This event provides a rare opportunity for these students to visit this historic and symbolic campus, which is now mostly deserted. The government has moved all students except for a small number of post doctorates, to outlying campuses to avoid the students organizing to protest and create unrest. Today's activity is like a fantasy for these young students, to visit and see a campus filled with so much history and meaning, preserved in songs and poems.
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    Early morning prayers, exercises and street cleaners in front of the former Parliament, which is now the Yangon State Parliament building, in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    A government phone station in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    Downtown street scenes in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    Downtown street scenes in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
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    Burmese of all ages and social classes go to see a free concert by Jason Mraz, the American pop star in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 16, 2012.
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    Scenes at Inya Lake at dusk, where couples, friends and family go to enjoy the end of the day with calm beauty in Yangon, Burma on Dec. 20, 2012.
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    Views of the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    The wide, open boulevards of the new capital city of Naypyitaw, Burma on Dec. 15, 2012.
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    The Capital Hypermarket in the new capital city of Naypyitaw, Burma on Dec. 15, 2012.
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    Burmese suffering from HIV and AIDS seek comfort, care and medical treatments at the HIV Shelter in South Dagon Township, just outside of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    Burmese suffering from HIV and AIDS seek comfort, care and medical treatments at the HIV Shelter in South Dagon Township, just outside of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    Burmese suffering from HIV and AIDS seek comfort, care and medical treatments at the HIV Shelter in South Dagon Township, just outside of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012.
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    Burmese suffering from HIV and AIDS seek comfort, care and medical treatments at the HIV Shelter in South Dagon Township, just outside of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 14, 2012. Ei Ei Thin is 10 years old, HIV positive and hasn't received treatment yet for her condition.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
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    Worder unload boats with food and other goods, while food stalls sell their wares in the early morning at the Sintohtan jetty, along the riverfront of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 18, 2012.
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    Worder unload boats with food and other goods, while food stalls sell their wares in the early morning at the Sintohtan jetty, along the riverfront of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 18, 2012.
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    Worder unload boats with food and other goods, while food stalls sell their wares in the early morning at the Sintohtan jetty, along the riverfront of Yangon, Burma on Dec. 18, 2012.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
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    Scenes on the Circuit Train that circles the city of Yangon, Burma, moving from urban to rural areas and serving as the main form of transportation for the poor and lower middle classes, on Dec. 21, 2012.
Burma

Burma is a country in the midst of radical change. Naypyidaw, which translates to “Abode of Kings,” became the capital city less than a decade ago, with its unnaturally wide boulevards and massive parliament, it seems like in some far off fairy tale. Juxtaposed with the decay of the nation’s symbolic Yangon University, the planned city of Naypyidaw, which is still under construction, adds to the quixotic nature of Burma as an intriguing cultural destination that few have seen. From social changes such as new freedoms in media that have taken hold causing newsstands to sprout up all over the country; to documenting activities from the commute and labor of Burmese workers; to the education of adolescent girls in a Buddhist nunnery; to the treatment of HIV and AIDS sufferers, these images give a diverse glimpse into daily Burmese life.

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