Literature Associations of Myanmar

Official logo of the MPBA

Official logo of the MPBA

 

 

An incomplete list of the literature associations operating in Myanmar.  For a full review of each association please see the Associations category at the top of the blog.

Since the dissolution of the Myanmar Writers and Journalist Association in July 2012, three major independent literature associations have been formed.

Myanmar Writers Association (MWA)

  • Chairman: U Tin Hlaing (Pen Name – Lae Dwin Thar Saw Chit)
  • Secretary: U Maung Maung Aye
  • Claims 20,000 members
  • 34 executive members
  • Currently housed in the Sarpay Beikmann Building
  • Members pay fees

Myanmar Publishers and Booksellers Association (MPBA)

  • Chairman : Dr Thar Tun Oo
  • Secretary: Wai Thi Ei (Waing Waing)
  • Treasurer: Nang Ei Ei Zar
  • 300 members
  • No Head Office due to rental costs
  • regional offices in Mandalay and Mawlimyine

Myanmar Poets Union (MPU)

  • Chairman: Maung Sein Ni

Myanmar Translation Society (MTS)

  • Expected to be formed in late 2014

 

Regional Literature Associations:

Despite 5 decades of government linguistic and literary suppression, ethnic literature has been kept alive by the perseverance of illegal, underground associations.  Relying solely on community and monastic donations, their activities are limited to folktale publications and annual summer camps for high school students.  None of these regional associations have connections with the newly formed national literature associations based in Yangon.

Mon Literature and Culture Committee in Yangon (MLCC)

  • Patron: Nai Maung Toe
  • Chairman: Naing Saw Oo
  • Possibly over 200 members
  • No Membership fees
  • Formed in 1972
  • Registered with the Government as a N.G.O
  • Currently focussed on data projection for ethnic Mon loving in Yangon

Karen Literature and Culture Association

  • Formed early 1950’s
  • Headquartered in Hpa-an
  • Unregistered with government, considered an illegal organisation
  • Main Objectives – preserve and maintain Kayin literature, culture and music
  • Activities centred on annual summer camps in May for junior and high school students

Kachin Literature Association

  • Chairman: Wala Sin Wa
  • Formed 20-30 years ago
  • Unregistered with government, considered an illegal organisation
  • No central head-office, operates underground in churches
  • Literary activities focussed on history books, cultural advice, dictionaries and missionary texts
  • Collaborates with Kachin Baptist Convention in Jingpaw language short story contests

Shan Culture and Literature Association

Rakhine Culture and Literature Association

Pao Culture and Literature Association

Kayah Culture and Literature Association

5 thoughts on “Literature Associations of Myanmar

  1. Dear Mr.Lucas Stewart,
    IT am vice chaorman 1of Myanmar Publishers and Book Sellers Association.I have found article at My Yangon. No.5 Myanmar Literature Association mention that my associatio Secretary name mistake.IT give you correct information here and Kindly correction in next issue.
    Secretary-Myint Htun
    Secretary 1-Thein Soe
    Secretary 2-Wai Thi Ei(waing waing)
    Thanks
    Myo Aung
    Publisher/Author
    Printed and distributed International New York Times in Myanmar
    Sole Distributor of Nikkei,Bangkok Post,Nation in Myanmar

    1. Hi U Myo Aung, thanks for the comment, unfortunately i didn’t write the association biographies for that issue, but if you contact the editor Emily Hawkesworth, i’m sure she would be happy to print a correction in the next issue.

  2. Could you please tell me more about the Myanmar Translation Society? I have the same thoughts with sadaik on promoting the Burmese literature throughout the globe, and I’m currently working on a project on translating a Burmese novel to English. So, could you please tell me more about MTS? (whether I could join).

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About Lucas Stewart

Former British Council Literature Advisor | Author of The People Elsewhere: Unbound Journey's with the Storytellers of Myanmar