Richard Yu Khin

  • Richard Yu Khin (MEHS61) is the son of Saya U Yu Khin and Sayama Dr. Daw Phay.
    Saya U Yu Khin was Registrar of Rangoon University and Founder of the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL). He was Warden of the Prome Hall (known for its Soccer Championship team), Dean, and Patron of the Rangoon University Sports Council.
    Sayama was a personal physician for my paternal aunt.
  • Ko Richard trained with Burma’s top swimmers (led by Tin Maung Ni) under a volunteer Japanese Coach.
  • He represented Rangoon University and Burma in 1961 SEAP Games held in Rangoon. He teamed up with U Maung Maung Lwin (Jamie, Commodore of the Rangoon Sailing Club, Olympian weightlifter, Publisher) to win a Gold Medal in Yachting.
  • He left RU before graduation to pursue studies in the USA. He completed a Doctorate in Economics from Yale University.
  • He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

Richard Yu Khin’s Post (in 2018)

If you have spare time visit “Hla Min” Facebook page which provides excellent & amazing historical information of my generation. I have for years been trying to find information about Ko Ba Min who kindly met me at the helicopter landing site when I arrived at Berkeley, California in August 1963. I was trying to decide whether to attend UC-Berkeley or Yale. I stayed a week in Berkeley, 4 days at the International House and 3 days at Ko Ba Min’s apartment because I became home-sick. Every one there told me to choose Yale. Ko Ba Min then was studying for a Master’s degree in Mathematics at UC-Berkeley. I have often wondered what happened to Ko Ba Min. On “Hla Min” website I found out Ko Ba Min returned to Burma to teach Mathematics and Astronomy and then resigned for medical reasons. Thank you for that information. During my teenage years Ko Ba Min and Peter Kyaw Sein would frequently visit Pagan Road to view the belles of our neighborhood.


At Berkeley I met Dr. U Myint (later Economic Advisor to President Thein Sein) who was preparing to defend his PhD dissertation and a Burma state scholar studying for PhD in physics or chemistry. Miss Cobb who is a friend of my aunt when she attended UC-Berkeley in 1950 took me on a tour of San Francisco. She told me to visit her cousin who was the Chaplain at Yale University. Reverend Coffin later became leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement in USA.

Editor’s Note:

  • Ko Ba Min matriculated from St. Paul’s High School in 1956. After returning from USA, he stayed with his brother in the Port Commissioner Quarters in Windermere Crescent (off Inya Road). He played the music records (such as Peter, Paul and Mary. Joan Baez) that he brought back from the USA.
  • Ko Peter Kyaw Sein is the elder son of U Kyaw Sein (Chief Engineer, National Housing Board).

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