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The Story of Nan Saw Kyi
- Nan Saw Kyi was born in 1922 in Mogaung, south of Myitkyina along the Mandalaya-Myitkyina railroad. Mogaung is an old town, the name of which supposedly dates to the 12th century. Having once been under the rule of one of the Shan Sawbwa(s), it became a crown administrative unit during the Konbaung dynasty when King Badon implemented the myowun administrative system. Nan Saw Kyi was the child of prosperous middle-class parents who encouraged their daughter’s education and often assertive ways. Nonetheless, they were traditional enough to insist on an arranged marriage, though Nan Saw Kyi was already 30 years old when she married. Her husband would become a member of the Do Bar Mar Association, and prefixed the honorific Thakin to his name. As strong-willed as his bride, and the prosperous manager of a rice mill, he became a prominent activist in the independence movement who tolerated and encouraged his wife’s political and social work. Two children were born to Nan Saw Kyi, a boy and a girl who, during the war, given their parents’ multiple involvement, were cared for by Nan Saw Kyi’s elder sister.
K. Khine Kyaw
- The Journal of Burma Studies