Audience member asks "how important is a literary writer?"
Thida answers: "Mostly the newspapers are censored by the government. In these days a lot of writers just write short stories, using satire and dark humour to avoid censorship."
"A lot of people in society think editors are useless and just provide censorship," Thida adds.
Audience member questions: "I left Burma for 27 years, what inspires you to keep you as an activist." He adds, "Although the situation is never going to change in Burma, what motivates you."
Thida answers, "The only motivation is that until the government won't change we'll continue writing."
Latt adds, "If not us, who?" "If we don't do anything for our country nothing will change then."
Audience member asks "Are certain websites still blocked?"
Latt jokes, "No, but internet connection sucks. If you ever go to YouTube."
Audience member asks, "Do you ever feel limited by your writing due to your obligations to your country?"
Latt says, "My writing and politics are only nationally related. All my feelings are included in my short stories, but I also write things like love stories."
Another audience member asks for clarification, "I know everything in Burma is political, but don't you ever want to write about nothing?"
Thida answers, that media censorship has been such a huge problem that writers are too accustomed to writing only about that.
IID speaker asks, "How do you plan to train people on communication and technology?"
"We give training with [supplies like] laptop. Our classes are not too big, only 15 people. But now we want to give training to Burma mountain areas by making technology centres," answers Thida.
Audience member asks how much do people (internationally) know about the situation of Muslim massacres in Burma.
Thida says it's difficult to convey information and is much one-sided in situations that happen in isolated areas. People who have have researched and education on both sides should supply the international community with information. "It's not much about the religious groups but politics."
Audience asks, "what are the most important things to focus on in order to have a better government and not a different government?"
Thida: "It's education. People still think it's[revolution] not a need, and have other people think for them."
Audience member asks, "Is there any censorship with hate speech?"
Thida says, " Our problem is politics. Our government knows which media is giving a hate speech."