Sadaik Short Reviews: Burmese Family

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.

Burmese Family - Mi Mi Khaing

Title: Burmese Family

Author: Mi Mi Khaing

Publisher: Ava House

Re-published: 1996

(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)