Despite Myanmar's steps toward democratization, ethnic minorities are kept in the shadows

November 13, 2014 12:30 PM

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Despite Myanmar's steps toward democratization, ethnic minorities are kept in the shadows

A woman in look-a-like ethnic Kayan-Padaung attire, with a fake copper neck ring, stands to welcome leaders attending the East Asia Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Women welcoming world leaders stand in rows, colorfully clad in costumes representing Myanmar's many ethnic groups, some with their hair tied in high knots or wrapped in red headdresses, others donning horizontally striped longyis and silver coin-studded capes. But none of the ushers belong to any of the minority groups they represent. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) (The Associated Press)

A woman in look-a-like ethnic Kayan-Padaung attire, with a fake copper neck ring, stands to welcome leaders attending the East Asia Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Women welcoming world leaders stand in rows, colorfully clad in costum...

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