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Title: Special Issue of the "Journal of Burma Studies" in Homage to U Pe Maung Tin
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: "Professor U Pe Maung Tin (1888-1973): The Life and Work of an Outstanding Burmese Scholar" Anna Allott (PDF full article) In 1998, Daw Tin Tin Myaing (Brenda Stanley), the youngest daughter of the late Burmese scholar U Pe Maung Tin, organized a symposium at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies to honor the achievements of her father. U Pe Maung Tin grew up as a Christian, but mastered Pali, the language of Buddhism, early in his career. This led him to become one of the world's leading translators of Pali texts into English and interpreter of Buddhist doctrine to Western scholars. This article by guest editor and former student Anna Allott outlines U Pe Maung Tin's life and work as a Pali scholar, lifelong student and promoter of the Burmese language, historian, linguist, phonetician, teacher, and editor. "Professor U Pe Maung Tin: A Gentle Genius, A Meek Master" Alan Saw U (PDF full article) U Pe Maung Tin's accomplishments as a Burmese scholar are well-documented. Less so are his teachings and writings about Christianity and the Christian ministry in Burma. Alan Saw U, executive secretary and editor of the Myanmar Christian Literary Society, reflects on U Pe Maung Tin's life as a leading figure in the Anglican Church in Burma. "U Pe Maung Tin: Researcher, Scholar, Pedagogue: His Contribution to Burmese Studies in France" Denise Bernot (PDF full article) U Pe Maung Tin possessed, by nature, all of the qualities of an erudite researcher: he was always ready to learn more; constantly trying to deepen his understanding; frequently opening a new line of inquiry; and in his work, at once rigorous and bold. U Pe Maung Tin never allowed himself to become a prisoner of tradition, though he knew perfectly the traditions of his own country and masterfully assimilated those of Great Britain. Convention never obstructed him from stating a scientific truth or doing the morally right thing. For those reasons, he left behind a legacy of lasting valuable research. "U Pe Maung Tin's and Luce's "GlassPalace Revisited" U Tun Aung Chain (PDF full article) A leading contemporary Burmese historian, U Aung Chain Tun offers a thoughtful and illuminating perspective on U Pe Maung Tin's translation ion of The Glass Palace Chronicle of the Kings of Burma with G.H. Luce. "Notes on Dipavamsa: An Early Publication by U Pe Maung Tin" Tilman Frasch (PDF full article) While trolling a Burmese market, German scholar Tilman Frasch unexpectedly found a battered copy of U Pe Maung Tin's first work, Notes on Dipavamsa, a text that opened new doors to scholarship on the history and literature of Theravada Buddhism - and set U Pe Maung Tin on a long and fruitful journey as Burma's leading scholar of the 20th century. "U Pe Maung Tin Bibliography" Patricia M. Herbert (PDF full article) From age 23 until his death at 84, U Pe Maung Tin was a prodigious writer and editor in both Burmese and English. He was the editor of the important Journal of the Burma Research Society. He wrote the first book on Burmese phonetics. With G.H. Luce, he edited Inscriptions of Burma and translated The Glass Palace Chronicle of the Kings of Burma. This invaluable annotated bibliography lists these and more than 200 other works by U Pe Maung Tin, a dramatic illustration of the legacy of this important Burmese scholar. "Text, Lineage, and Tradition in Burma: The Struggle for Norms and Religious Legitimacy Under King," Bodawphaya (1782-1819) Jacques P. Leider (PDF full article) Jacques P. Leider is a French historian following in the footsteps of U Pe Maung Tin, who pioneered the academic study of Burmese history through the editing, translating, and interpreting of primary textual sources. Leider examines a little-studied period of Burmese history, the reign of King Bodawphaya, whose radical attempts at religious reform laid the groundwork for the later 19th century monastic reform movement in Burma. Volumes: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 publications > journal of burma studies > abstracts by volume > volume 9 ABSTRACTS: VOLUME 9
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9, (2004)
Format/size: pdf (716.46 K)
Date of entry/update: 08 December 2010


Title: Myanmar Literature Project
Author/creator: Hans-Bernd Zoellner (ed)
Language: English, Burmese, German
Source/publisher: Myanmar Literature Project
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Individual Documents

Title: ‘Tell the World the Truth’
Date of publication: September 2010
Description/subject: Minn Latt Yekhaun was one of the first three Burmese students to study in Prague during the 1950s. Despite his tragic death more than 20 years ago, his influence on Burmese-Czech relations remains to this day
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 9
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 September 2010


Title: Ludu Daw Amar: A Burmese Writer of Conviction and Courage
Date of publication: 07 November 2009
Description/subject: "Daw Amar—born November 29, 1915, Mandalay, Burma; died April 7, 2008, Mandalay, Burma... Ludu (‘The People’) Daw Amar a revered and eminent Burmese author died in Mandalay, Burma at the age of 92. She was respected throughout the country by people from all walks of life, not only for her writings but also for her courageous stand on literary, political and cultural causes..."
Author/creator: Myint Zan
Language: English
Source/publisher: Legal Studies Forum, Vol. 33, pp. 397-401, 2009
Format/size: pdf (111K)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2014


Title: OBITUARY Dr. U HLA PE (1913-2007)
Date of publication: September 2007
Description/subject: "Dr. U Hla Pe, Emeritus Professor of Burmese in the University of London, died peacefully at his home in Moulmein (Mawlamyine), Burma, on 31 July 2007. He was 94 years old. Saya Hla Pe worked in or for School of Oriental and African Studies for 41 of those years, before retiring to live in Burma in 1980. He wrote numerous articles, gave many talks both at SOAS and elsewhere, and taught a succession of devoted students. His most substantial publications are Konmara Pya Zat, vol 1, Introduction and translation (London 1952), which is a study of Burmese dramatic literature in the 1870s, and the six fascicules of the unfinished Burmese-English dictionary (London, 1941-1981)..."
Author/creator: John Okell
Language: English
Source/publisher: SOAS BULLETIN OF BURMA RESEARCH 5, 2007
Format/size: pdf (83K)
Date of entry/update: 01 October 2010


Title: Literature in Paralysis -
Date of publication: January 2005
Description/subject: "In Burma, with the onset of the cool season in November, a government appointed National Literary Award Scrutinizing Committee announces the National Literary Award winners. Despite the absence of freedom of expression and the restrictions on public gatherings, past and current prize winners enthusiastically tour the country to give speeches, and join panel discussions on literature..."
Author/creator: Yeni
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 August 2005


Title: Reading Tea Leaves: Review of Secret Histories. Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop, by Emma Larkin
Date of publication: November 2004
Description/subject: By searching for George Orwell’s past, Emma Larkin reveals his relevance to Burma’s present... Review of Secret Histories. Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop, by Emma Larkin. John Murray, London: 2004: 232 pp. "It’s not a bad way to spend one’s time, becoming a habitu้ of teashops, chatting to other bibliophiles, intellectuals, students, and the occasional nasty official. These unique spaces of Burmese life are the primary sources for Emma Larkin’s rich new book, Secret Histories, as she follows the trail of George Orwell’s time in colonial Burma..."
Author/creator: David Scott Mathieson
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 12, No. 10
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


Title: P. Moe Nin: A Companion of Burma
Date of publication: April 2004
Description/subject: The career of Burma’s modern literary pioneer was marked by contradiction.
Author/creator: Htain Linn
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Itrrawaddy", Vol. 12, No. 4, April 2004
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2004


Title: "Notes on Dipavamsa: An Early Publication by U Pe Maung Tin"
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: While trolling a Burmese market, German scholar Tilman Frasch unexpectedly found a battered copy of U Pe Maung Tin's first work, Notes on Dipavamsa, a text that opened new doors to scholarship on the history and literature of Theravada Buddhism's leading scholar of the 20th century.
Author/creator: Tilman Frasch
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9, 2004
Format/size: pdf (572K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Title: "Professor U Pe Maung Tin: A Gentle Genius, A Meek Master"
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: U Pe Maung Tin's accomplishments as a Burmese scholar are well-documented. Less so are his teachings and writings about Christianity and the Christian ministry in Burma. Alan Saw U, executive secretary and editor of the Myanmar Christian Literary Society, reflects on U Pe Maung Tin's life as a leading figure in the Anglican Church in Burma.
Author/creator: Alan Saw U
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9, 2004
Format/size: pdf (516K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Title: "Text, Lineage, and Tradition in Burma: The Struggle for Norms and Religious Legitimacy Under King, Bodawphaya (1782-1819)
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: Jacques P. Leider is a French historian following in the footsteps of U Pe Maung Tin, who pioneered the academic study of Burmese history through the editing, translating, and interpreting of primary textual sources. Leider examines a little-studied period of Burmese history, the reign of King Bodawphaya, whose radical attempts at religious reform laid the groundwork for the later 19th century monastic reform movement in Burma.
Author/creator: Jacques P. Leider
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9 (2004)
Format/size: pdf (673K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml (JBS Vol. 9)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Title: "U Pe Maung Tin â�" Researcher, Scholar, Pedagogue: His Contribution to Burmese Studies in France"
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: "U Pe Maung Tin possessed, by nature, all of the qualities of an erudite researcher: he was always ready to learn more; constantly trying to deepen his understanding; frequently opening a new line of inquiry; and in his work, at once rigorous and bold. U Pe Maung Tin never allowed himself to become a prisoner of tradition, though he knew perfectly the traditions of his own country and masterfully assimilated those of Great Britain. Convention never obstructed him from stating a scientific truth or doing the morally right thing. For those reasons, he left behind a legacy of lasting valuable research."
Author/creator: Denise Bernot
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9 (2004)
Format/size: pdf (566K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml (JBS Vol. 9)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Title: "U Pe Maung Tin Bibliography"
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: From age 23 until his death at 84, U Pe Maung Tin was a prodigious writer and editor in both Burmese and English. He was the editor of the important Journal of the Burma Research Society. He wrote the first book on Burmese phonetics. With G.H. Luce, he edited Inscriptions of Burma and translated The Glass Palace Chronicle of the Kings of Burma. This invaluable annotated bibliography lists these and more than 200 other works by U Pe Maung Tin, a dramatic illustration of the legacy of this important Burmese scholar.
Author/creator: Patricia M. Herbert
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9, (2004)
Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml (JBS Vol. 9)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Title: "U Pe Maung Tin’s and Luce’s "GlassPalace Revisited"
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: Abstract: "A leading contemporary Burmese historian, U Aung Chain Tun offers a thoughtful and illuminating perspective on U Pe Maung Tin�s translation ion of The Glass Palace Chronicle of the Kings of Burma with G.H. Luce."
Author/creator: U Tun Aung Chain
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9, 2004
Format/size: pdf (596K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml (JBS Vol. 9)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2009


Title: PROFESSOR U PE MAUNG TIN (1888-1973) The Life and Work of an Outstanding Burmese Scholar *
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: Introduction to the Special Issue and Outline of U Pe Maung Tin's life...In 1998, Daw Tin Tin Myaing (Brenda Stanley), the youngest daughter of the late Burmese scholar U Pe Maung Tin, organized a symposium at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies to honor the achievements of her father. U Pe Maung Tin grew up as a Christian, but mastered Pali, the language of Buddhism, early in his career. This led him to become one of the world�s leading translators of Pali texts into English and interpreter of Buddhist doctrine to Western scholars. This article by guest editor and former student Anna Allott outlines U Pe Maung Tin�s life and work as a Pali scholar, lifelong student and promoter of the Burmese language, historian, linguist, phonetician, teacher, and editor.
Author/creator: Anna Allott
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 9, 2004
Format/size: pdf (631K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml (JBS Vol. 9)
Date of entry/update: 31 December 2008


Title: Fighting Words
Date of publication: July 2003
Description/subject: "Steeped in tradition and stifled by repression, Burma’s literary culture remains defiant despite its seeming silence...Journalists in Rangoon say a combination of factors have pushed the works of revolutionary writers like Bamaw Tin Aung and Bohmu Chit Kaung, which once shaped the political ideologies of Burma’s youth, to the back bins, while at the same time putting a stress on the country’s rich literary tradition. Due to the perils of being associated with politics in Burma, many young people now eschew the sensitive topic for fear of retribution and imprisonment. This same fear has resulted in even fewer people pursuing writing careers, as the lives of writers are also heavily scrutinized. Writers, publishers and bookstore owners say they impose strict self-censorship on themselves in order to stay out of trouble...Despite the pressures facing writers in Burma today, nobody in Rangoon feels that the country’s rich literary tradition is facing extinction. The resiliency of the Burmese spirit can be seen as writers continue to put pen to paper even in the knowledge that they face potential imprisonment and a lifetime of harassment..."
Author/creator: Tony Broadmoor
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 November 2003


Title: Love in the Time of War and Empire
Date of publication: November 2002
Description/subject: "What Amitav Ghosh's novel "The Glass Palace" lacks in emotional intensity, it makes up for in breadth, covering the story of three generations of families in Burma, Malaya and India, and the historical forces that shaped the colonial era..."
Author/creator: Karen Connelly
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 10, No. 9
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Writer's Day 1988: An Address by U Win Tin, December 9, 1988
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: "This is an English version of the introductory words spoken by U Win Tin, editor of the Burmese newspaper, Hanthawadi, on the occasion of a literary gathering arranged and held by the National League for Democracy to mark Writers' Day (sa-hso-daw nei). The gathering, which is traditionally known in Burmese as a sa-pei haw-pyaw-bwe, featured two main speakers, author Maung Thawka and the poet U Tin Moe. Maung Thawka and U Tin Moe both since fled the country to live in exile. U Win Tin was arrested in 1989 and sentenced to 14 years in prison."
Author/creator: U Win Tin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate", VOL. VII, NO. 3 SPRING 2001
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: An Auspicious Moment
Date of publication: January 2001
Description/subject: The author, the former editor of the recently banned Thintbawa magazine, pays homage to celebrated poet Tin Moe in this article first published shortly after the latter's release from prison in 1995.
Author/creator: Tin Maung Than. Part One
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9. No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Living History: Dagon Taya and Modern Burmese Literature
Date of publication: July 2000
Description/subject: Dagon Taya is not just Burma's greatest living writer; he is also a towering figure of 20th century Burmese literary history. After decades of attacks from critics and political pponents, his conviction that writers must respond tothe social and political realities of their times remains as strong as ever, writes Irrawaddy culture editor Min Zin.
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Literary "Gypsy" Leaves Burma
Date of publication: July 1999
Description/subject: The Irrawaddy recently spoke to celebrated author Maung Tha Ya, who recently left Burma after more than a decade of fears that writing anything new would be "like giving the government a noose" to hang him. Noted for his itinerant lifestyle as well as his naturalistic literary style, he told us about his past and his plans for the future.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 7. No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dandruff in My Halo
Date of publication: March 1999
Author/creator: Khin Myo Chit
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate" Vol.. VI, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Obituary of Khin Myo Chit
Date of publication: March 1999
Author/creator: Anna Allott
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate" Vol.. VI, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Half a Century of Publishing in Mandalay
Date of publication: 1997
Description/subject: The Ludu Kyi-bwa-yay Press was established in Mandalay as a radical left-wing publishing house by Ludu U Hla and his wife, Daw Amar, in 1938. Ludu U Hla was a pioneering Burmese journalist, would-be social reformer, social historian, and, most of all, recorder of folk-tales. Daw Amar began her writing career in 1938 as a translator, mostly of anti-Western works; in 1964 she began a series of major works dealing with Burmese traditional performing arts and the history and culture of Upper Burma and of Mandalay. U Hla died in 1982, and in March 1984 much of the press was destroyed in the great Mandalay fire. Nevertheless, the press resumed publishing in 1987 under the direction of Daw Amar and despite continued strict government censorship has remained in operation until the present. The latest book in Ludu U Hla's folktale series appeared posthumously in 1996. This article is followed by a translation of a short biography of Ludu U Hla written by Daw Amar.
Author/creator: Anna Allott
Language: English
Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 1 (1997)
Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol9/index.shtml (Vol. 1)
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2009