President Obama is due to visit Myanmar on Monday. It's a sign of how far the Asian country has come on reform in the past few years. Many Burmese are welcoming Obama's visit, including young people who are studying the American system of government.
Myanmar is going through some rapid transitions. In just the last year, the country's military dictators have freed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and allowed elections to be held. Now the country is opening up to foreign business as well.
Myanmar is not a country where gays and lesbians are able to live openly, but for one week a year, the gay and transgender community can celebrate openly at a festival where spirits commune with humans.
Aung San Suu Kyi has become something of a celebrity in the past 20 years. A rock star, even. So perhaps she's in need of publicity for her world tour worthy of a rock star. We imagine what that might sound like.
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