As you may already knew that Barack Obama, U.S.President, visited to Myanmar and to Daw Aung San Su Kyi, a noble price winner and Myanmar opposition leader in Yangon. There emerged a hot topic online Facebook community of Myanmar for Obama kissed on Aung San Su Kyi’s cheek. It is because of different culture of Myanmar from Western countries.
Although kissing on the cheek is a culture of Europe and America’ countries to show respect, kindness and hospitality, It is still strange to many Asian countries, especially to Myanmar. Whatever happened, everyone should have to agree any kind of hospitality, friendship relation expression, and culture of Western people who come for peace. But as there were so many old conservative people in Myanmar, Obama’s kiss on Aung San Su Kyi became a hot topic to comment. Some even said that she like western’s culture than mother country’s culture. Beside a kiss, embracing became a hot topic too.
Myanmar people are conservative due to so many reasons, where the most common reason is religion believe. Myanmar recognizes the action like kissing and embracing in public place as Don’t thing. Some area in Myanmar prohibited the action also. Anyway, mostly educated people in Myanmar agree with the point that western people’s behaviours on local people for showing kindness, hospitality and any good purposes is welcome. In the future, the stories like kissing on the cheek would not be strange to Myanmar people.
Author: Aung Kham
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