A Burmese wedding can be religious or secular, extravagant or simple. Traditionally, a marriage is recognized with or without a ceremony when the man’s longyi is seen hanging from a rail of the house or if the couple eats from the same plate. Chinese families in Myanmar might have preferred less conservative weddings, adopting fashionable Western-style dress and a dinner for friends, family, and colleagues. The 1970s were a tumultuous period for ethnic Chinese neighborhoods, as the military government forced much of the population out during the 1960s. Times were tense so the less attraction an event invited, the better. This photograph from 1977 was taken at Central Photo Studio Yangon, which has been closed for some time.