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Noted: Frontline humour takes on generals

Volume 15, Issue 1

May, 2009

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Cho, V. (2009). Frontline humour takes on generals [Review]. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(1): 242-243. Review of Defiant Humour: The Best of Harn Lay’s Political Cartoons from the Irrawaddy, by Harn Lay. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Irrawaddy Publishing Group, 2008, 207pp. No ISBN.
Author(s): Violet Cho
Reviewed book by: Harn Lay
Publication date: 
May, 2009

This is is a new political cartoon collection by Burmese artist and cartoonist Harn Lay. It is a revealing insight into Burma—where political resistance and traditional art and performance meet. The book demonstrates and is part of the ongoing resistance to an unjust abuse of power. Lay portrays key issues such as political prisoners, extended house arrest of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the military’s response to sanctions, Burma-ASEAN relations and business deals with neighbouring countries.