Monday, September 01, 2014

Introverts in literature--

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/23/introverts-books_n_5593122.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Important to study other countries --

It is important to read about other similar countries, the PRC, the USSR, even N. Korea, to understand Burma/myanmar.

If you think you can understand Burma only by looking at Burma, then you are a fool.

This is the one great failing of area studies as opposed to systems studies.

And "advice" from you will never make the god forsaken place "work"--

you will only be an apologist for the status quo and a run around person, trying to tie all those disjointed bizarre things together--

in many cases they have no logic except to increase the power and holdings of the ruling class, and if you say "elite" another time, I will vomit.

They are not "elite"--they just happen to have power because as Mao said, "Power comes from the barrel of a gun."

k
9-1-2014

PS--I am proud that under the curriculum designed by Dr Aye Hlaing, Dr Findlay and others, often under stress or duress, at the Inst. of Ecos 1962-1982 (I don't know about the years when I was not there)

courses on the PRC, Indian Eco. Planning, and the Soviet Union were taught--and I taught these courses after my mentors left.

I even remember talking about collectivization, famine, and even about Isreali kibbutzim (military/collective farms)--

I am not proud of "the Burmese mind"--it is often mired in minutia, the micro-economic, personality instead of policy driven, and a nasty grandstanding and own trumpet blowing--esp. among historians. 

It makes no sense to study history just to write historiography and present kings as ideals.

If they were, they would not have been colonized--think about Siam/Thailand.

Taksin (not the modern Taksin) made a great decision when he moved the capital from Ayuthia to Thonburi opposite the present Bangkok, after the last siege of Ayuthia by the Burmese (Hsinbyushin) in 1767.

In contrast, Burma remained inward looking and later landlocked.

You can believe what you want, this is what I see.

For instance, Genghis was successful for 3 generations because he was always incorporating elements that he conquered, such as siege warfare, or the Chinese administrative system.

kmk
9-1-2014

Robert Conquest--The Great Terror--Stalin's Purges

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Conquest

Refugee stories from me--K.M.Kaung



Dancing like a Peacock and Koel Bird
My two stories, Dancing like a Peacock and Koel Bird are also available on Create Space, print edition. Published by Words Sounds and Images--
A seven year old girl is sent off across the border to earn a living and send money home to Burma. A computer expert finds--

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=K+Kaung+dancing+like+a+peacock&sitesearch_type=STORE

My short story collection-

Dancing like a Peacock & Koel Bird, also includes Little Transparent Fetus Buddha.

Print (soft cover) + Kindle editions

http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Peacock-Bird-Border-Stories-ebook/dp/B00JWZSL3C

I chose the right book--Frank Dickotter's Mao's Great Famine--

I chose the right book--

I chose it as I saw it in a bookstore--

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao%27s_Great_Famine

Friday, August 29, 2014

Late August reading from me--Black Rice--

Late August reading from me--
you, or all your children and grandchildren have bought their textbooks and gone back to school--
It's time to get serious as summer ends and fall begins--

what better way than to read my Black Rice--

Black Rice is a Burmese man with very dark skin, almost purple, and almond eyes. What happens when he is captured in an ambush in Burma's delta in 1947, as ethnic strife rages, a year before Burma's Independence from Great Britain? Find out here as K.M. Kaung takes you on a heart stopping journey through life. An intensely flavored pill of a story in 48 pages. A view through oddly made eyes.

"You've got to be taught, to hate and fear, you've got to be taught, from year to year. . . ."

Song lyrics, Rogers and Hammerstein, South Pacific, the Broadway musical.
Black Rice, print edition
https://www.createspace.com/4232789?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026
Black Rice, Kindle Edition
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rice-Novella-K-Kaung/dp/0615797520

Ran by Akiro Kurasawa--

Great movies--Ran by Akiro Kurasawa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran_%28film%29

Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy--

Another very famous movie trilogy, The Apu Trilogy.

I heard about it by reading Time Magazine in Burma in the 70s--and oddly enough, with this too, I have seen 2 out of 3, also at the Bourse in Philadelphia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apu_Trilogy

They are beautiful and very moving--such as the lotus leaves flapping in the wind--the "wet sari" scene that leads to a totally unpredictable outcome--

the two newly weds with their clothes tied together in bed.

The split scenes with the old lady who is always moving in and out, with her rolled up mat, and her running commentary and complaints on life.

Her relatives are almost as poor as she is, but they accept her constant comings and goings with great equanimity.

Come to think of it, U Myo Nyunt and Khin Pwint Oo "Kauk Saik Ma" you will probably like these movies as they show rural life.

KMKaung
8-29-2014

Movies--The Three Colors Trilogy

The famous Three Colors Trilogy--films-Red, White and Blue.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Colors_trilogy

I have seen 2 of the 3--at the Bourse in Philadelphia in 90s.

They are very good--everyone should see it.

White, in its story, illustrates how musicians compose a symphony, and the other one is about a man turned inwards who comes back to life because a woman tells him to stop eavesdropping on other people.

Unforgettable movies, like the Apu Trilogy.
The famous Three Colors Trilogy--films-Red, White and Blue.

I have seen 2 of the 3--at the Bourse in Philadelphia in 90s.

They are very good--everyone should see it.

White, in its story, illustrates how musicians compose a symphony, and the other one is about a man turned inwards who comes back to life because a woman tells him to stop eavesdropping on other people.

Unforgettable movies, like the Apu Trilogy.

KMKaung
8-29-2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

San San Tin memoirs--

http://www.amazon.com/No-Time-Dreams-Living-Military/dp/0742557030

I recommend it highly, also for anything, buying a used copy is best as hard cover tends to be exp.

That is what I do.

Sign petition to stop ethnic cleansing in Burma--

Sign petition to end ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Burma--

http://endgenocide.org/actions/protect-the-rohingya/

You do not need to use your real name and address--pl consider signing it.

If 4-5 people could spearhead talks to stop dolphins dying in tuna nets (see essay by David Quammen)--

we should do better for human beings.

k

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Amazon review on book about JFK assassination found helpful--

My review found helpful by an Amazon customer who bought this book, which was about 20 years in the writing and argues an alternative theory about the JFK assassination, including that the President's brain and bullet in it was removed before burial, and it is still missing.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WMMG740SI38E/ref=cm_cr_notf_fhv_prd

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flash fiction for today--Ah, they said to the young girl--by KMKaung

Flash fiction for today--

Ah, they said to the young girl
your genitals will cause you to feel too much desire
no matter that we were all born and conceived
through a woman's lower parts and a man's penetration.
Let's sew you shut.
And they used a kitchen knife and some thorns and no anesthetic, as they had never heard of such things as germs and thought death and disease were caused by evil spirits.
After they'd sewn her female parts shut with only a small hole left for her menstrual blood every month
they said--
Now--a long neck will make you look more elegant
so let's stretch your neck, one copper coil a year so your neck seems to be longer.
You won't be able to drink without a straw and if your neck itches, too bad, just pass a string in behind the coils and clean your neck that way.  You also won't be able to look down.
They didn't know and maybe they don't know now
it's not the neck that lengthens
it's the chest that is pushed down (proved by National Geographic x-rays) and causes all sorts of health problems.
Then they said, but it's an old Chinese practice, let's bind your feet, and it will hurt when we break your bones, and your broken feet will stink
and you won't be able to walk except with an umbrella
even when it is not raining, and you can never open your umbrella and hold it over your head.
because you need it as a walking stick--

but you know what, we have heard (hearsay posing as "culture") your bound lily feet will tilt your pelvis at an angle
and make it more pleasurable for your husband
if he can cut his way in past the scar tissue, that is--

and now, let's work on your face with plastic surgery
and let's pull two molars to make your cheeks more sunken

and let's put bags of silicone in
so your breasts look like balloons with edges like circular dinner plates

but you still need to starve to be

rail thin.

Male castration was just as bad.

Why don't we just obliterate this thing called

"culture"

and "Culturally-sanctioned"

Why don't we have a Campaign?

KMKaung
8-19-2014

Well, contacted UNICEF about my novella FGM on Female Genital Mutilation--

Well, I have left a message on the UNICEF contact us form, about my novella FGM about Female Genital Mutilation, which they could use in workshops or as informational material.

FGM: A Story about the Mutilation of Women.
Dr. Aset, a trained gynecologist with several post graduate American degrees, lets herself be drawn into an inappropriate
relationship.

My novella FGM is now available on Kindle--http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ3FUOE

there is also a print edition on the CreateSpace/Amazon store.

https://www.createspace.com/4738586
KMKaung
8-19-2014

My novella The Lovers--if you are in Australia

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-The-Lovers-By-K-M-Kaung-Ph-D-Paperback-Free-Shipping-/291164380842

Aug. reading from me--to chill you for good--



FGM: A Story about the Mutilation of Women.
Dr. Aset, a trained gynecologist with several post graduate American degrees, lets herself be drawn into an inappropriate
relationship.

My novella FGM is now available on Kindle--http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ3FUOE

there is also a print edition on the CreateSpace/Amazon store.

https://www.createspace.com/4738586