a collection of thoughts and writings on Burma
On the one hand, there’s a flourishing Burmese language blogging community that has arisen in the past few years. On the other, there’s a shortage of English language blogs dedicated to Burma.
I generally write about Burma, with a focus on politics, society, culture and current affairs and share my personal thoughts. I also draw from my own experiences and the forces that have shaped my personal identity.
I don’t seek to represent the voice of the Burmese people, but I hope to get conversations started and explore an array of ideas.
Feel free to comment, criticize and analyze anything I’ve written, in the form of opinions, corrections or whatever else is on your mind. I truly appreciate every comment I get (except in the form of spam).
The name “Fifty Viss” or Peiktha Ngaze (ပိဿာ ငါးဆယ်) literally means “50 viss.” Viss is the English name of a traditional Burmese weight measurement, known as peiktha (ပိဿာ), equivalent to approximately 3.6 pounds.
My Burmese name is Aung Htin Kyaw (အောင်ထင်ကျော်). I was born on a Sunday (as my name implies) and raised in the Los Angeles area. I recently graduated from UCLA with a major in Biology, but I have had a deep and lifelong interest in and passion for Burma.
I also keep a Tumblr (@fiftyviss) to share short form videos, articles and other snippets I come across.
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