“It’s about love…. I cook for my family because of love.” — Burmese journalist
I’ve spent the past week in Bangkok as a journalismÂ co-trainer for an IMMF course on “The Changing Role of Women in Asia.” The class brings together 16 bright, insightful young journalists from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. (If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may recall my previous mentions of IMMF here and here.) Yesterday, we got into a discussion about the common tradition of women cooking and taking care of the house (part of a larger discussion on the difficulties women face when juggling household chores with work outside the home). ButÂ one of the Burmese in class said he often shares in the kitchen activities — not because of duty or obligation, but love.
Stay tuned, as I’ll be posting more from this class. We’ve moved to Chiang Mai now and we’ll spend the remaining three weeks in the north, visiting hilltribes and meeting some of Thailand’s most expert speakers on women’s issues.