HSIPAW, Myanmar — One of the more entertaining ways to take the cultural pulse of a society is check out, and sometimes struggle to understand, its sources of entertainment. In Myanmar, a video shop in the Shan State town of Hsipaw and a state-owned television station each offer their own glimpse.
In the market at Hsipaw, Korean soap operas are all the rage these days.
Tin Nilar Htwe, an 18-year-old attendant at the video shop, counts herself among the fans of the Korean soaps. She says she enjoys them because the actors are attractive.