With the slight relaxation of control by the government of Myanmar, Tony is finally able to explore one of the most fabled and beautiful areas of Asia.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is a great series on CNN. All episodes are available online. This is a link to the first episode, on Myanmar.
The show begins with a Bourdain voiceover saying:
Chances are, you haven’t been to this place. Chances are this a place you’ve never seen. Other than blurry cell phone videos, or black and white news reels from World War II. Chances are, bad things were happening in the footage you saw. Myanmar: after 50 years of nightmare, something unexpected is happening here, and it’s pretty incredible.
I give big credit to CNN for seeking out Anthony Bourdain to make this show and bring it to their network. CNN’s mission to bring us the news of the world has a limit: the degree to which we can understand those on the other side of the camera. The only way to truly appreciate and understand them, their perspective, and their lives is by digging in and experiencing what they experience. First hand experience is unlikely for most viewers, and even for the most able and adventurous, impossible to do so for every country. This show can help there.
About the show specifically: it’s a travel and food show. It’s what Anthony Bourdain does and loves. And it’s why I’m such a huge fan, because I’m the same way. Burmese food is simply delicious, if you’ve never had it. But there’s nothing simple about it. It’s so complex, and just great. Try it, and after seeing the food in this episode, I’m sure you’ll want to.