Article On Culture and Literature in Kachin

Article On Culture and Literature in Kachin

‘Duwa Howa Zau Gam leans on a walking stick and turns his back to the weak sun. It is still winter in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State in upper Burma. Half a dozen men in heavy coats circle around us, respectfully keeping their distance but close enough to hear his words. As the scion of Duwa Hkun Hpung, a signatory to the 1947 Panglong Agreement and a veteran of the famed WW2 resistance fighters called the 101st Kachin Rangers, he understands all too well how, in Burma, the sword is perversely mightier than the pen—how, in Kachin State, conflict has overruled culture.’

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PEN Myanmar

PEN Myanmar

It seems like PEN has spent the last 20 years supporting the struggle for freedom of expression in Myanmar, championing the plight of writers in prison, such as the founding members of the Myanmar Pen, Dr Ma Thida (Sanchaung) and Nay Phone Latt, both recipients of PEN Awards. Now PEN has come to Myanmar …

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