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 name is Aung Htin Kyaw. I am a Sunday-born son born and raised in the Los Angeles area. I recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in Biology and a minor in Southeast Asian studies, resulting from 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.
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 and Burmese affairs. 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 and opinions along the way.
Note: All of the Burmese text on my blog can be rendered in Unicode-compliant fonts such as Padauk, Myanmar Text, Myanmar3 and Parabaik. Non-standard fonts like Zawgyi will not render the Burmese text correctly.