I am Zin Mar Latt, Anthropology Department, University of Mandalay, and I am also member of HaB project organized by Dr. Thidar Htwe Win, Professor and Head of Anthropology department, University of Mandalay. The objective of HaB project is to create curriculum for community engagement pedagogy. I am interested in exploring how to link urban anthropology, which I teach my students, with community engagement. It was important to understand the dynamics first and we went on a field visit to Taughtaman village.
Our group met the village head and community elders of Taunghtaman village in the village administrator’s office. The elders shared that nowadays most school children who grow up in Taungthaman do not understand how to cherish their home village in which cultural heritage is situated.
This led me to ask a larger question - “what is the impact of urban life in Taungthaman village tract, Amarapura Township, which was included in Mandalay City Development Committee in 2011?” – to my university students.