Twilight over Burma

Author: Inge Sargent

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824816285

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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Just married and returning to live in her new husband's native land, a young Austrian woman arrived with her Burmese husband by passenger ship in Rangoon in 1953. They were met at dockside by hundreds of well-wishers displaying colorful banners, playing music on homemade instruments, and carrying giant bouquets of flowers. She was puzzled by this unusual welcome until her embarrassed husband explained that he was something more than a recently graduated mining engineer - he was the Prince of Hsipaw, the ruler of an autonomous state in Burma's Shan mountains. And these people were his subjects! She immersed herself in the Shan lifestyle, eagerly learning the language, the culture, and the history of the Shan hill people. The Princess of Hsipaw fell in love with this remote, exotic land and its warm and friendly people. She worked at her husband's side to bring change and modernization to their primitive country. Her efforts to improve the education and health care of the country, and her husband's commitment to improve the economic well-being of the people made them one of the most popular ruling couples in Southeast Asia. Then the violent military coup of 1962 shattered the idyllic existence of the previous ten years. Her life irrevocably changed. Inge Sargent tells a story of a life most of us can only dream about. She vividly describes the social, religious, and political events she experienced. She details the day-to-day living as a "reluctant ruler" and her role as her husband's equal - a role that perplexed the males in Hsipaw and created awe in the females. And then she describes the military events that threatened her life and that of her children. Twilight over Burma is a story of a great happiness destroyed by evil, of one woman's determination and bravery against a ruthless military regime, and of the truth behind the overthrow of one of Burma's most popular local leaders.

Romancing Human Rights

Author: Tamara C. Ho

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 082485392X

Category: History

Page: 218

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When the world thinks of Burma, it is often in relation to Nobel laureate and icon Aung San Suu Kyi. But beyond her is another world, one that complicates the overdetermination of Burma as a pariah state and myths about the “high status” of Southeast Asian women. Highlighting and critiquing this fraught terrain, Tamara C. Ho’s Romancing Human Rights maps “Burmese women” as real and imagined figures across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. More than a recitation of “on the ground” facts, Ho’s groundbreaking scholarship—the first monograph to examine Anglophone literature and dynamics of gender and race in relation to Burma—brings a critical lens to contemporary literature, film, and politics through the use of an innovative feminist/queer methodology. She crosses intellectual boundaries to illustrate how literary and gender analysis can contribute to discourses surrounding and informing human rights—and in the process offers a new voice in the debates about representation, racialization, migration, and spirituality. Romancing Human Rights demonstrates how Burmese women break out of prisons, both real and discursive, by writing themselves into being. Ho assembles an eclectic archive that includes George Orwell, Aung San Suu Kyi, critically acclaimed authors Ma Ma Lay and Wendy Law-Yone, and activist Zoya Phan. Her close readings of literature and politicized performances by women in Burma, the Burmese diaspora, and the United States illuminate their contributions as authors, cultural mediators, and practitioner-citizens. Using flexible, polyglot rhetorical tactics and embodied performances, these authors creatively articulate alter/native epistemologies—regionally situated knowledges and decolonizing viewpoints that interrogate and destabilize competing transnational hegemonies, such as U.S. moral imperialism and Asian militarized dictatorship. Weaving together the fictional and non-fictional, Ho’s gendered analysis makes Romancing Human Rights a unique cultural studies project that bridges postcolonial studies, area studies, and critical race/ethnic studies—a must-read for those with an interest in fields of literature, Asian and Asian American studies, history, politics, religion, and women’s and gender studies.

Myanmar (Burma) since the 1988 Uprising

Author: Andrew Selth

Publisher: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

ISBN: 9814951781

Category: Reference

Page: 370

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Updated by popular demand, this is the fourth edition of this important bibliography. It lists a wide selection of works on or about Myanmar published in English and in hard copy since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, which marked the beginning of a new era in Myanmar’s modern history. There are now 2,727 titles listed. They have been written, edited, translated or compiled by over 2,000 people, from many different backgrounds. These works have been organized into thirty-five subject chapters containing ninety-five discrete sections. There are also four appendices, including a comprehensive reading guide for those unfamiliar with Myanmar or who may be seeking guidance on particular topics. This book is an invaluable aid to officials, scholars, journalists, armchair travellers and others with an interest in this fascinating but deeply troubled country.

Ghosts of Empire

Author: Kwasi Kwarteng

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0747599416

Category: History

Page: 482

View: 2163

This fascinating book shows how the later years of the British Empire were characterised by accidental oversights, irresponsible opportunism and uncertain pragmatism


Author: Sao Sanda Simms



Category: History

Page: 476

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Written from a Tai/Shan perspective, the intricate and often unsettled realities that existed in the Shan States from early times up to the military coup in 1962 are described in a comprehensive overview of the stresses and strains that the Shan princes endured from early periods of monarchs and wars, under British rule and Japanese occupation, and Independence and Bamar military regime. Part One covers chronological events relating them to the rulers, the antagonists, and the people and the continuing conflict in the Shan State. Part Two deals with the 34 Tai/Shan rulers, describing their histories, lives, and work. Included are photographs and family trees of the princes, revealing a span of Shan history, before being lost in the mists of time. The past is explained in order that the present political situations may be understood and resolved amicably between the Bamar government, the Tatmadaw, and the ethnic nationalities. NOTES <5> ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS <7> CONTENTS <9> THE AUTHOR <15> MAPS <17> § Map 1: Political Divisions, Union of Burma, 1948 <17> § Map 2: Location of Shan States, 1939 <18> § Map 3: Resources of the Shan Plateau <19> § Map 4: Major Ethnic Groups of Burma <20> PREFACE <21> ACKNOWLEDGEMENT <23> PART ONE: Background Chapter One: The Early Period <26> § The Shan Plateau <26> § Migrations <27> § The Early Ava Court <28> § Differences <30> § Mutual Respect <32> § The Limbin Confederacy 1886 <33> § British Annexation <34> § Under the British 36<> § Changing Times <36> Chapter Two: British Rule <41> § The Watershed 1922 <41> § Burma Round Table Conference 1931-1932 <43> § Federated Council of Shan Chiefs <45> § The Feudal Lords <47> § The Privy Purse <48> § Contentment? <50> § Some Progress <51> Chapter three: The Interim <58> § A Storm Approaches <58> § Enter the Japanese <58> § Japanese Occupation <60> § Distrust <63> § Return of the British <64> § SCOUHP 1946 <68> § Attlee-Aung San Treaty <69> § Anti-feudalists <70> § Namkham U Htun Aye <73> Chapter Four: Panglong and After <77> § The Panglong Agreement of 1947 <77> § Committee of Inquiry 1947 <79> § Tragedy <80> § Constituent Assembly <81> § Selecting a President <82> § Insurgency <84> Chapter Five: Ten Long Years <91> § Disenchantment <91> § To Secede or Not, 1958 <93> § Tatmadaw's Soft Approach <95> § The 1959 Abdications <96> § New Elections <97> Chapter Six: Without Trust <103> § The Federal Proposal <103> § U Tun Myint <105> § No Compromise <107> § The Coup d'etat 1962 <110> PART TWO: GUARDIANS OF THE SHAN PLATEAU Chapter Seven: The Northern Shan States <121> § Hsipaw State <121> o Fate Unknown <121> o Hsipaw State <123> o The Saohpa Long <124> o Strained Relations <126> o Japanese Occupation <127> o The Tabaung Festivals <128> § Hsenwi State <140> o Hsenwi Saohpa Long <140> o Japanese Disapproval <141> o Flight to Safety <142> o Shan-Kachin <144> o Burma Road <145> o Dr. Gordon Seagrave (1897-1965) <146> § Mong Yai State <155> o A Kingdom Lost <155> o Hsenwi Divided <155> § Mong Mit State <164> o An Accomplished Prince <164> o The Saohpa Long <165> o Japanese Occupation <167> o Rubies <168> o Teak Forests <169> § Tawngpeng State <176> o The Palaung/Ta'ang <176> o Tawngpeng and its Saohpa <177> o The Namtu/Bawdwin Mines <180> o Not for Export <181> o Tea: a Drink or a Salad? <182> o An Episode <183> Chapter Eight: The Eastern Shan States <193> § Kengtung State <193> o Largest Mong <193> o Mangrai Descendants <194> o Kengtung Saohpa Long <195> o Close Ties <197> o Tai Khun and Tai-Lu <198> o The Kuomintang (KMT) <199> § Mong Pan State <216> § Kokang State <219> o Into the Fold <219> o The House of Yang <220> o The Next Generation <221> o Jimmy Yang <222> o The New Order <224> Chapter Nine: The Inner Shan States <233> § Isolation <233> § Mong Nai State <234> o Once Powerful <234> o Massacre <234> § Laikha State <242> o A Gracious Host <242> o A State of Many Names <243> o A Learned Abbot <245> § Mawkmai State <250> o A Charismatic Prince <250> § Mong Nawng/Mong Nong State <255> o Separated from Hsenwi <255> o Privy Purse <255> § Mong Kung State <262> o Appointed Saohpa in 1928 <262> § Mong Hsu State <271> o Actively Involved <271> o Mong Hsu Rubies <272> § Kesi Mansam State <274> o Warrior Princes <274> o Outstanding Career <276> § Tai Shan Resistance <282> o Noom Suk Harn <282> o The Golden Triangle <285> Chapter ten: The Central Shan States <292> § Yawnghwe State <292> o The Saohpa Long <292> o Hands-tied <294> o Yawnghwe Founded in 1394 <295> o Enter the British <297> o Phaung Daw U Poy <299> o Inle Needs Saving <300> § Mong Pawn State <316> o An Able Statesman <316> o The Mong Pawn Dynasty <316> o The Kyemmong <318> § Hsahtung State <325> o Remarkable Prince <325> o Advocating Unity <326> o Untimely Death <328> o The Pa-O <328> o Restlessness <330> § Lawksawk State <337> o Saohpa of Stature <337> o Japanese Courtesy <338> § Samka State <345> o Ancient Samka <345> o A Devoted Buddhist <345> § Loi Long/Pinlaung State <352> o Mountainous Region <352> o Combating Insurgents <353> § Nawngmawn State <356> o Sao Htun Yin <357> Namhkok State <359> § Wanyin/Banyin State <363> § Hopong State <364> § Sakoi State <367> § Mong Pai State <369> o Mong Pai Amalgamated <369> o Mobye Narapati <369> § Attempt at Progress <371> Chapter Eleven: The Mye Lat States: The Middle Lands <373> o Experimental Stations <375> § Hsahmong Kham State <376> o Arrival of the Danu <376> o Defended the State <377> o Politically Involved <378> § Pangtara/Pindaya State <384> o Pindaya Caves <384> o Becomes Saohpa <385> § Baw State <391> o Baw le-hse-le-ywa <391> o An Important Link <391> § Pwehla State <394> o Rulers of Note <394> o Promoted a Jemadar <394> § Pangmi/Pinhmi State <399> o Head Prefect and Kyemmong <399> § Ywangan/Yengan State <405> § Kyong State <411> Chapter Twelve: Sharing the Plateau <413> § The Two Wa States <413> o Introduction <413> § Mong Lun/Mong Lon State <415> o A Wise Ruler <415> o Eastern Special Region No. 4 <417> § Northern Wa States <419> o UWSP and UWSA <420> § The Karenni/Kayah State <421> o Three Karenni States <421> o Kantarawadi <423> o Bawlake <424> o Kyebogyi <425> o Becomes Kayah State <425> o Karenni's Wealth <427> § Diverse Communities <435> o Tribes and Kinships <435> o Troubled Relationships <436> o Akha <437> o Lahu <438> o Lisu <438> o Tai Neu <439> o Diversion <439> o Muong Sing to Luang Namtha <439> o First Encounter <440> o Tiger Women <442> o Sign Language <443> o A Holy Man <443> EPILOGUE <450> § Presidency <450> § Panglong Agreement and Federalism <451> § Ethnic Issues <451> § Conclusion <453> APPENDICES <454> § Appendix 1: The Panglong Agreement 1947 <455> § Appendix 2: Sao Harn Yawnghwe's Account <457> § Appendix 3: Sao Shwe Thaike's Letter, 1960 <463> § Appendix 4: Letter from Saohpa Sir Sao Mawng, 1926 <464> § Appendix 5: Letter Showing Shan Concern, 1947 <465> TABLES <466> § Table 1: Land area and money: the Shan States in 1939 <467> § Table 2: Approximate dates of reigns of rulers from British Annexation in 1887 <469> GLOSSARY 472 REFERENCES 474

History of the Shan State

Author: Aung Tun (U Sai)

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 688

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Deftly traces the cultural and political history of the Shan people

Burma Debate

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Burma

Page: N.A

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