The painting ‘Starfish’ by Myanmese painter Htein Lin, a former political prisoner. Photo: AFPThe painting ‘Starfish’ by Myanmese painter Htein Lin, a former political prisoner. Photo: AFP
The painting ‘Starfish’ by Myanmese painter Htein Lin, a former political prisoner. Photo: AFP

What a Malaysian dance, banned as immoral by Islamists, says about culture journalism

Mak Yong is a ‘masterpiece of humanity’ according to Unesco, yet has been banned from public display for close to three decades. So why so little media discussion on something that speaks to empowerment and gender rights?

Topic |   Explainers: Culture
The painting ‘Starfish’ by Myanmese painter Htein Lin, a former political prisoner. Photo: AFPThe painting ‘Starfish’ by Myanmese painter Htein Lin, a former political prisoner. Photo: AFP
The painting ‘Starfish’ by Myanmese painter Htein Lin, a former political prisoner. Photo: AFP
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