Ma Ju (b. 1958): Like her younger contemporary Ma Thida, Ma Ju is a medical doctor by training though more well known as one of Myanmar’s leading women writers. She is renowned for her position on gender equality and female empowerment, themes often mirrored in her strong female characters and taboo storylines that have, at times, caused controversy among the male literati. Her first novel ‘Memorable’ was published in 1987. She is now a full time writer, with at least 7 short story collections and twenty novels, one of which, ‘The Other Side of the Wall’ was translated into English. She runs her own press, Ju Publishing House, through which many of her own works are published.