Tiger Balm – from Yangon to the world

Tiger Balm, the analgesic ointment is world famous. Yet, very few people know that the worldwide brand started with two brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, in Yangon during the 1910s. In the book titled ‘Far From Yangon’ by Yeap Joo Kim, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, sons of herbalist Aw […]

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong was one of the few Chinese migrants to succeed in colonial-era Burma, now Myanmar – which the British incorporated into its much bigger possession, India, and where Chinese were subordinate to Indians, in contrast to their status in other Southeast Asian cities. “Unlike the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, […]