No Time for Dreams narrates a remarkable woman's search for independence and purpose over four decades while repression spreads in Burma and the shadow of military rule lengthens. Inspired by the legacy of her father Ba Tin's struggle against British colonialism beginning in the 1930s, San San Tin infuses her journey from school girl to journalist and poet with an unbroken spirit of resistance. Offering the first insider's view of politics, culture, religion, and family over nearly half a century of unrelenting dictatorship, this riveting personal story traces an arc of decline to reveal the bitter fate of the once-prosperous and cosmopolitan society known in the past as the Golden Land.
Carolyn Wakeman is professor at the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she directs its Asia Pacific Project. San San Tin is an international broadcaster at Radio Free Asia and a freelance writer and poet. Emma Larkin is the pseudonym of an American writer based in Bangkok and the author of Finding George Orwell in Burma.
Chapter 1: Strangers in the Night Chapter 2: Turning Point Chapter 3: Spreading Socialism Chapter 4: Lessons in Literacy Chapter 5: Inside the Bureaucracy Chapter 6: Signs of Unrest Chapter 7: Cleaning the Ranks Chapter 8: Reporting as a Woman Chapter 9: Mounting Costs Chapter 10: Political Training Chapter 11: Confrontation Chapter 12: Bullets at the Pagoda Chapter 13: Reprisals Chapter 14: Displacement Chapter 15: Relocation Chapter 16: Corruption