Seven years after dating a man who was put behind bars twice for staging pro-democracy protests, Ms Kim Jung Sook went up to him and did something almost unheard of for a woman in the 1970s.


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In a dusty corner of Mandalay, rows of Chinese nationals sit impassively by tables lined with white cloth on a betel-splattered sidewalk. Burmese traders crowd before them, holding up chunks of raw jade or sacks of bangles in a bid to interest them. The prospective buyers scrutinise the offerings, rejecting some with a flick of their finger.

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