On March 25, 2017, SEA Junction organized a public lecture on “The Making of Yangon Echoes”. Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster led the talk, based on their book, “Yangon Echoes”. “Yangon Echoes” is a popular history of buildings, charting social space and urban folklore linking past to present via living memories. This illustrated anthology of oral histories explores everyday life through domestic connections to old places. The personal stories offer insight into what has happened and is happening to the city, and about people’s thoughts and feelings of living through Yangon’s emergence from decades of isolation to engagement with a rapidly spinning world.
Virginia Henderson works with local communities and development agencies to facilitate and document cultural projects. Raised in rural Southland, New Zealand, she has a doctorate in architectural heritage management, is an oral historian and has lived in Southeast Asia more than 25 years.
Tim Webster is a writer and photographer who specializes in archival heritage documentation and environmental portraiture. His extended research into the lives of people working in the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne is being published by Thames & Hudson in 2017. Tim’s background is physics and mathematics, journalism and education.
Virginia and Tim moved to Yangon in January 2013 to volunteer in heritage conservation efforts in Myanmar.
Rosalia (Lia) Sciortino and Yanin Wongmai