Mi Mi Khaing’s memoir still stands as a classic of Burmese non-fiction, though it’s been 70 years since its initial publication. A multi-generational memoir, it follows the life of the author’s elite non-typical family (the author is of Mon descent, married into a ruling Shan Saopha dynasty, her children in altogether different Military dynasty in the 1960’s) in the pre-war era. Rightly known for one of the first depictions in English of the life of women in a Burmese household, the narrative can at times seem dated, yet as a record of life at the end of ‘empire’ it’s importance cannot be understated.
Title: Burmese Family
Author: Mi Mi Khaing
Publisher: Ava House
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)