Monday, April 19, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Set in Chile and America--my novella The Lovers

Originally published in Wild River Review on line, The Lovers is the story of a ballet dancer from Chile, who has to leave her native land for political reasons, and emigrate to Philadelphia, in America. Burmese-born author Kyi May Kaung lived many years in West Philadelphia while pursuing her doctorate in Political Science. The Lovers has vivid local color while traversing the uneasy life of political asylees.


In these three riveting stories, based on a dream nightmare and a bus trip to the Eastern Maryland Shore, award-winning writer Kyi May Kaung explores the act or the art of growing old in a foreign country.


Russian Novichock poisoning suspects linked to Czech 2014 Ammo blast

Czech Republic expels Russian "diplomats" over ammunition blast.


My short story--FGM

It happens in Africa and sometimes among exiles out of Africa--but have not heard of it in Burma or other parts of Asia--though there are other kinds of abuse.

Deeply disturbing.

My short story FGM.


My short stories--from Burma-Thai Border--Dancing like a Peacock + Koel Bird.



Burmese general Min Aung Hlaing to attend ASEAN, movie couple detained at airport.


Myanmar coup--36 protestors arrested in one day, including 2 on motor bikes intentionally hit by cars.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Burma-Thai relations--my novella The Rider of Crocodiles. 


Burmese wars with Ayuthia,  The Fig Flower King, now buried near Ava (Inwa)


Racial tension in Burma--my novella Black Rice. 


The longest running civil war in the world.



Prince Philip's funeral land rover--

Prince Philip's funeral land rover--


Prince Philip's custom-built Land Rover arrives at Windsor Castle quadrangle before collecting his coffin. The hearse was made at Land Rover's factory and Philip oversaw the modifications throughout the intervening years. Follow live:


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My novel Wolf follows a student leader of 1988, through his formative years and major political events. 


Reading this you will see how 1962-1988 and beyond was bad, but how 2021 is much much worse.


Still I think recent events though horrible, prove that Burmese are essentially decent people who just wish to be free. 




How to help Myanmar coup survivors -- 


Also through Free Burma Rangers and maybe Dr SaSa



Saturday, April 10, 2021

Myanmar coup--Bago Massacre--


House overides Hogan veto of police reform bill MD.


All out war in Burma--Myanmar Coup

1 of 2 All out war in Burma 
get that Twitter acct check out Ro Nay San Lwin other accts Terrorist junta removing street signs in Mandalay, looting cell phone shops, shooting people dead, abducting urban runaways.

2of 2 Myanmar coup, Burma Going fr bad to worse to WORST to Syria-like situatn while protestors lift off gas balloons, burn Russian and Chinese flags. 4-10-2021

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Myanmar Coup, celebrity model among 2700+ arrested already--


Paing Takhon, who had participated in anti-coup protests, faces charges under section 505a of the penal code, which criminalises comments that “cause fear” or spread “false news” and can lead to up to three years in prison. His social media profiles have been taken down, though it is not clear who removed them.
According to the advocacy group, the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners in Burma, 2,750 people – from politicians to doctors, actors and social media influencers – are in detention. Most are held in unknown locations.


pence book deal--


Tuesday, April 06, 2021

From 2013--Ron Zakreski--On a Short Leash: Detained in Burma.

I've just read this book and I recommend it highly.

It's probably self-published, so suffers from lack of good copy-editing, but is otherwise well-written, and well observed of an excruciating 17 days in detention.
Zakreski's Burmese is obviously very challenged and his translations and spellings for Burmese words and phrases not accurate and garbled.  E.g.  tamay saan for htamin sar (eat rice), place names, and even the word longyi (sarong) wh he spells loungee--which I have never seen anywhere before, though lungi is common in India and Sri Lanka.

By Burmese prison standards, which is not saying much, his experience was mild, but Burmese prisoners held in the next (office) room were beaten up badly, put in chains and treated like non-humans.

Zakreski describes his 17 days of hell vividly, the popping sounds of close gunfire, the camp being hit by RPGs.

I bought this book because the opening looked interesting, and his experience was not headline news at the time, so I missed it.

He was arrested for wandering into Burmese territory at Maesod.  The Burmese side of the Moie River is called Myawadi.

It was 2011, when Burma was supposedly starting to open up and move to democracy, but now that "Myanmar coup" has become another catch phrase,  it bears reading.

To date the Feb 1 coup has killed 557 people, 43 of them children.  2600 have been arrested.

2011 may have been Zakreski's good luck time.

I was impressed by what the Thai Border Police did.  They nabbed a Burmese official shopping in Mae Sot on the Thai side in retaliation, and insisted on keeping him 3 weeks as Z. was under detention in Burma 3 weeks, even though Z asked that that person be released.

Because the story is compactly and chronologically told, with news dispatches inter-spliced at the right places, it is easy to follow.

A psychiatrist by profession, he also analyzes himself moment by moment.

Stockholm Syndrome?

It made me remember the geckos of my childhood and times in Burma--

they go, Tauk te, Tauk Te, Tauk te, and then grrrr

but I never could find them.

Kyi May Kaung



Leonard Cohen--Hallelujah


Mozart's Zaide --


WH gusher of leaks under trump vs Biden Admin--

In Burmese and English--10 year old shot in Moulmein, Myanmar coup. 



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Burmese (Karen) refugees turned back by Thai, India-Burma border closed by Myanmar authorities


Covid peaking all over--Dr Rochelle Walensky, CDC Dr.


“I am asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends,” Dr. Walensky said. The nation has “so much reason for hope,” she added.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Burma coup--shot in head

Nearly 90% of people killed by Myanmar junta forces since the coup have been shot dead and more than a quarter shot in the head - raising suspicions of intentional targeting. Grim graphic by and that draws on data. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar



Monday, March 22, 2021

white collar stress--working from home-- + suicide hotline #s 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

Even as they were spared economic devastation, for many professionals, the struggle is very real.



Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Highly recommended--Nien Cheng--Life and Death in Shanghai 

I first read an excerpt in Time Magazine.

In 2014 or so, I read the whole book.

It was my privilege and honor to meet and interview Nien Cheng in c1998. 

1997-2001 I worked at Radio Free Asia and was job harassed by the jerk boss of the Burmese section and his two women so-called editors when my programs became very popular in Burma.

Subsequently, I saw Nien Cheng's autographed photo in 2001 in a psychiatrist's office and he (Michael Hurd) also interviewed me on his Michael Hurd Show, for radio.


Monday, March 08, 2021

Dr Fauci and others warn of 4th? Covid surge due to UK variant.

Say even if vaccinated, you must wear a mask in public.



Sunday, February 28, 2021

Present Burma coup is making my novel Wolf topical again


Man holding up sign "If you need a corpse, shoot me."

Woman shot in the head.

 Burma coup is making my novel topical again 

 I received over 20 positive pre-publication reviews They are in the front of the online Amazon sample. Kirkus Review:

Wolf follows Mothi Awgoke, fr his childhood in the tank corps compound in Meikhtila, political events 1962-1988 & his exile in Queens, NY. It's partially based on my own life, but Awgoke (August Hailstorm) is a fictional character I hv already started research on a sequel w another generation of dissidents pertaining to the present Feb 2021 coup, which is reaching its violent climax right now as we speak. I wish there weren't enough material to write a second Burma novel, but sadly, there is. 
Kyi May Kaung (Ph.D.)



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Keep wearing a mask

Covid is a very serious and deadly disease--she got the transplant in the first place bc she was a nurse and her lungs were damaged by Covid.

Pl continue wearing masks , maybe double, and restrict yr going out and meeting people.  People who wear glasses are 3 % less likely to get Covid. Dr Fauci says wear them till 2022.



Sunday, February 21, 2021

Merrick Garland says he will prosecute Jan 6 white supremacist insurrectionists. 


meanwhile member of Oath Keepers, far R group, says she had contact with Secret Service before the attempted coup.




Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Trump rips McConnell--


NAACP sues trump, guliani--

 This time a criminal case, and pl get the MFs

400 arrested already in Burma

al Ghosh Retweeted

More than 400 people have been detained in #Myanmar since the military seized power in a coup on Feb. 1. graphic based on confirmed detentions so far - the true number may be higher - gives a sense of who has been taken. #WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar