Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Within a decade, many Shan websites and blogs have been multiplying and distributing a large amount of information about Shan State in order to serve the Shan community in Burma and in exile as well as for Burma-watchers in the international community, according to a survey made by SHAN.
By Hseng Khio
26 November 2008
One of the earliest websites is www.shanland.org which was launched on 21 May 2000 on the Thai-Burma border by the Shan Herald Agency for News. It is the media website which has been reporting on human rights situation, politics, literature and opinion columns concerning the Shan State in English language.
It is one of the most well-known media websites among Shan community. Among its distributors are Shan-EU, www.komoethee.blogspot.com and Burma News International (BNI).
Nowadays, there are about over 50 Shan websites including personal blogs created by overseas Shans from countries such as Malaysia, England, Japan, Thailand and China and also distributing much information on Shan State and Burma.
Most websites raise awareness of environmental, educational, cultural, music and historical issues as well as linguistic heritage of Shan State. The website language is not just confined to Shan. Others such as Burmese, English, Thai and Chinese as well as Japanese are also used.
The rest about 25 websites and blogs are covering political, social and economic developments, human rights abuses and forced labor in Shan State and Burma.
Among them, www.shanwomen.org website focuses on reports about violence against women and children. It is famous for its “License to Rape” report which was launched in June 2002.
“We’ll probably need to form an association to make our service better and far reaching,” says Khuensai Jaiyen,, Editor of the Shan Herald.
For more information of Shan websites below: