BBC Burmese youth series explores taboo subjects

Lin Lat Kyair Sin is all about young people finding their way - and about providing our audience with positive and supportive information rather than just reporting issues."Tin Htar Swe, editor of BBC Burmese and BBC World Service South Asia Hub
Date: 09.07.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
Category: World Service
A new instalment of the BBC Burmese radio series for young people, Lin Lat Kyair Sin (Bright Young Star), explores issues many of which are considered taboo in Burma. From Saturday, 7 July, the five-part series themed on “Society” will talk about drinking, foreign influences, relationships, women’s equality and role models.

Presented by Thang Kim and Ei Ko, Lin Lat Kyair Sin is a 15-minute weekly radio programme for young people and by young people, and is part of a training project implemented in partnership by BBC Burmese and the BBC’s international development charity, BBC Media Action. Lin Lat Kyair Sin brings to the fore what young Burmese people think are the biggest issues facing their generation today.

Lin Lat Kyair Sin is put together by young Burmese journalists trained by the BBC. Working with their peers in Burma and Thailand – home to an extensive Burmese community - these young journalists identify the subjects for the series to focus on.

As part of the new “Society” series, Lin Lat Kyair Sin will engage young people in a conversation about subjects that are rarely publicly discussed in Burma, such as relationships and women’s equality. The programme will ask where young adults learn about sex and relationships and whether pre-marital sex exists in Burma.

The series will also talk about the role of women in Burma, role models for young Burmese adults and peer pressure among them. It will talk about young people being more likely to be spending time in “beer shops” these days than the traditional “tea shops” – and discuss alcohol problems which often come hand-in-hand with poverty and high unemployment.

Tin Htar Swe, editor of BBC Burmese and BBC World Service South Asia Hub, says: “We want Lin Lat Kyair Sin to be a platform that genuinely responds to young people’s quests. The world of the young Burmese is rapidly changing, and this new series focuses on the realities, some of which, while out there, are hardly ever openly discussed. Lin Lat Kyair Sin is all about young people finding their way - and about providing our audience with positive and supportive information rather than just reporting issues. We hope that by discussing these complex issues, we help young people make informed choices in life.”

Lin Lat Kyair Sin is broadcast by BBC Burmese as part of its evening transmissions (20.15-21.00 local time) on Saturdays and is repeated on Sundays. It is also available for listening online via bbcburmese.com. Audiences can engage with the programme via its Facebook page.

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