- Myanmar hosts many literary talks.
- During our younger days, we attended “Sar Pay Haw Pyaw Pwes”.
- They took place at Research Congress, Social and Reading Clubs, Recreation Center, Schools, Libraries and even at the village wards.
- Literary Talks are also held outside Myanmar by the literary lovers.
- For more than a decade, there were Annual and ad-hoc San Francisco Bay Area Talks.
- Past speakers include Kyemon U Thaung (Aung Bala), Director Win Pe, Tin Moe (U Ba Gyan), Maung Swan Yi, Shwe Ku May Hnin, Tin Maung Maung Than, Min Ko Naing and Aw Pi Kyeh.
Made in Myanmar
In 2018, Aw Pi Kye and Min Ko Naing were invited speakers from Myanmar.
- Aw Pi Kyeh is from the Class of 81/82.
- As “Mann Bei”, he contributed and managed the RIT Cartoon Box.
- He served as Secretary of the RIT Cartoon Association.
- Later, he headed the Myanmar Cartoonists Association.
- He spoke about “Made in Myanmar“. His talk displayed wit, humor, reasoning and philosophy.
- He lamented the loss of countless lives in Cyclone Nargis due to “insufficient knowledge” (e.g. about Disaster Recovery).
- He pointed out that his dress is made from neighboring countries.
Shouldn’t one proudly support “Made in Myanmar” products?
- During his study at Harvard, he proudly spent US$30 to buy a backpack labeled “Made in Myanmar”. His friend bought a similar backpack but labeled “Made in Sri Lanka”. The seam of his back pack broke after a week. Before his return to Myanmar, his friend gave him his backpack. He felt somewhat mad, but accepted it. He went on to use the backpack in Myanmar until it got discolored and his spouse asked him to stop using it. The message is that one not only needs Cetana but also the skills to provide “added advantage”.
- He gave examples of how others (nations and their companies) used our natural resources and our local talents to create products (and often sell them back at profit).
- He requested those overseas to use “conversion” to understand the “thinking” of those living in Myanmar (possibly most of their lives) as a baby step to help making “Made in Myanmar” proud and reliable.