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Seven Siblings

There were four brothers and three sisters.

Brothers

ICS U Tin Tut was the first Burmese to become ICS by invitation. He served as Foreign Minister, Brigadier of a Reserve Army, Journalist and Publisher. He perished when a bomb (placed under his car) exploded. There were investigations, but no conclusive results were reported. Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint posted photos and articles about his Ba Gyi (e.g. The Empty Tomb). “Ba Gyi Aung Nyar Dei” (a famous short story by Minthuwun (Saya U Wun) has implicit references to U Tin Tut.

U Kyaw Myint was a Barrister, Judge of Supreme Court, Head of Tribunal that tried Galon U Saw, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Politician, Head of private Law firm that defended several people accused by the MaSaLa government). He stood first in Burma from Central with distinctions in all subjects. Sadly, he was expelled from the University of Rangoon for attending his mother’s funeral and earned the ire of the Principal and his father. His saga is recounted in a series of posts by his son Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint. He was a Dhamma friend of my beloved parents. They built Dat Paung Zon Aung Min Gaung pagoda and supported “Mon” Sayadaw U Thilawanta.

U Myint Thein (Uncle Monty) was Chief Justice of the Union of Burma. On March 2, 1962, a Coup D’etat took place. He was arrested along the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, several Sawbwas and high ranking officials. During his detainment, he was allowed only one day off to attend the funeral of his spouse (an early Burmese female to be called to the Bar in the UK). He was an Ambassador (e.g. to China). He is an outstanding author and translator. His pen name is “MMT” (for Maung Myint Thein). His works were heavily censored.

Dr. Htin Aung served as Principal of Rangoon College and as the first native Rector of the University of Rangoon. He is a prolific writer (covering history, folklore and several topics). “Burmese Drama” and “Thirty Burmese Tales” were prescribed texts.

Sisters

Daw Khin Mya Mu served as Lecturer in Burmese, Thamadu Myo Win (and family court judge) and an expert in Kyauk Sar (stone inscriptions). She was married to Burmese Prof U E Maung. Her handwritten manuscripts were not published due to lack of fonts, and were ultimately lost.

Daw Khin Saw Mu is an early student of Sayagyi U Pe Maung Tin (Pali scholar, who successfully proposed the establishment of a separate Burmese Department). She is a Poet. She is the mother of Sayama Daw Khin Saw Tint (RIT English, bilingual writer) and U Nay Oke Tint (St. Paul’s, TED-x Yangon speaker, successful tuition saya, Chair of the Myanmar Board for organizing the 5th ILF (Irrawaddy Literary Festival).

Daw Tin Saw Mu was a Lecturer in English.

[Per Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint : his cousin Daw Khin Saw Tint (bi-lingual author) wrote an article about her mother and her aunts.

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