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Burmese American Professional Society

Update : April 5, 2020

BAPS

BAPS is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was founded as a merger of BEA (comprising of senior engineers) and BASTS (compromising of young engineers, scientists and technologists).

Saya U Htin Paw (EE58), Saya U San Tun (M59) and Saya Dr. K C Chiu (ChE63) served as President of Bay Area Burmese Engineers Association (BEA).

Burmese American Science and Technology Society (BASTS) was founded by young engineers and scientists (mostly graduates from USA). Some are children of RIT alumni. They include

  • Daniel Maung/Mao — son of Saya Mao Toon Siong (M62)
  • Eugene and Jonathan Shu — sons of U Aung Khin (James Shu, M70, GBNF)

With the approval of Sayagyi U Aung Khin, BEA and BASTS merged to become Burmese American Professional Society (BAPS).

I am a Life Member of BAPS.

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I served as Contributing Editor for BAPS Newsletter.

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BAPS Presidents

  • Saya U Nyo Win (M65)
  • Benny Tan (M70)
  • Maurice Chee (M75)
  • Edison Paw
  • Roger Sha
  • Daniel Mao

    Edison, Roger and Daniel are founding members of BASTS.

BAPS Newsletter

  • Chief Editor : Henry Lim
  • Editors : U Thein Aung, Jane Wang
  • Contributing Editors : Linda Khaw, U Hla Min, Edison Paw, Mike Yin
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Table of Contents (Sample)

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Article on Dr. Htay Lwin Nyo

I wrote an article for Dr. Htay Lwin Nyo (EP74, ex-UCC).

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I had the honor to start the incinerator, and later to throw the ashes in the Santa Cruz waters.

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The End of a Sad Saga
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The weather was exceptionally beautiful this morning — not only in the Silicon Valley where we live and work, but also over the hills along Highway 17, and even in the coastal area around Santa Cruz. There were no fogs, mists, or clouds.

I am not an early bird, but I woke up really early this morning to prepare for Dr. Htay Lwin Nyo’s final journey — the scattering of his ashes from a 35 foot trawler motor yacht, DESTINY.

On Saturday, 10th June, 2000, Dr. Khin Nyo Thet and Dr. Lyn Swe Aye had retrieved the cremated remains of HLN from Oak Hill Funeral Home (OHFH). OHFH had packed and sealed HLN’s ashes in a sturdy, shining metal box (in compliance with postal regulations). With the approval of HLN’s family members in Yangon, Myanmar, we decided to give HLN a sea burial.

RIT Alumni International had earlier sent an advance check of $75 to Captain Pete Petersen, skipper of DESTINY. In his brochure, Captain Petersen clearly stated that “inclement weather will result in a rescheduling”. We do not want high winds to prolong the sad saga. The unusually fine weather, according to Dr. Lyn Swe Aye, must be Htay Lwin Nyo’s kusala (kutho or meritorious deeds) and the well wishing of numerous friends and colleagues. We all agree.

Dr. Khin Nyo Thet had asked me to be at her house not later than 7:30 a.m. She was surprised but delighted when I showed up barely a few minutes after 7 AM. “It’s better to be early than late”, she said and gave me a cup of coffee and some biscuits [that looked and tasted like those way back in Burma]. Dr. Lyn Swe Aye had come back from his early biking round.

There was virtually no traffic on the way to Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. To cut the story short, DESTINY took off at 5 mph. There were no swells. More than a mile into the ocean waters, the Captain set the gears to neutral. Dr. Khin Nyo Thet scattered Htay Lwin Nyo’s ashes into the ocean waters. There were tears in her eyes. There was also relief knowing that she had done her best to give the last rites to Htay Lwin Nyo. We shared our merits once more to Htay Lwin Nyo.

The round trip took about 50 minutes or so. It was the finale of a sad saga.

Thanks to all those who endured with us. May Htay Lwin Nyo rest in peace.

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Honoring U Nyo Win, Ko Benny and Ko Henry
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On November 9, 2000, there was a special dinner at Ming’s seafood restaurant in Sunset, San Francisco to honor Saya U Nyo Win (M65), out-going president of BAPS and to welcome Ko Benny Tan (M70), the in-coming president. There were 30+ attendees. Saya U Nyo Win was presented a plaque in recognition of his leadership and services to BAPS.

A plaque was also awarded to Henry Lim (RIT Alumni) for his services as Editor of the BAPS newsletter. It grew from a 4 pager to a 20 pager.

BEA to BAPS

The first ever RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP did not happen out of the blue. One of the first seeds was sown with the founding of Burmese Engineers Association (BEA). The presidents Saya U Htin Paw (EE58), Saya U San Tun (M59) and Saya U KC Chiu (ChE63) — with the able support of Daw Khin Hta Yee (Lily Win, T72) — organized mini-reunions and reunions in the Bay Area. At the welcome party for Saya U Aung Khin, the idea of merging BEA with a younger association BASTS to become BAPS (Burmese American Professional Society) was proposed and overwhelmingly approved.

BAPS Picnic to RIT Alumni International

At one of the BAPS picnics, several EC members — Saya Allen Htay, Saya U Nyo Win, Saya KC Chiu, Saya U Maung Maung, Ko Benny Tan, Ko Maurice Chee, — held an impromptu meeting with me and asked how they could support Ko Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ) and me regarding the ex-rit web site in general and other activities [such as Grand Reunion] in general.

Later, at Ko Benny’s house, the Bay Area Alumni Group was formed. The rest is history.

U Nyo Win

According to the bye-laws of BAPS, a President can serve for at most two terms. Saya U Nyo Win served two terms. Saya also chaired the meetings by the Organizing Committee of the RIT Reunion and SPZP. His colorful meeting minutes are enjoyable to read.

He is an outstanding writer and an excellent speech giver. Saya wears two hats: BAPS for the Bay Area activities and RIT Alumni International for activities related to his alma mater world-wide. Our kudos to you, Saya.

After Dinner

We went to Ko Aye Tun (Anthony Ng, M76)’s house, which is within walking distance from the restaurant. A preview of the raw / semi-edited copy of the video taken at the RIT Reunion dinner and SPZP took place. The 2+ hour footage caught several viewers by surprise. The “Waing gyi putt putt du way way” dance — started by Diana (Myint Myint Sein, M70) and Richard Chao (Htin Aung, M70) — was joined by Saya U Khin Aung Kyi, Saya U Min Wun, and several alums.

It was close to two o’clock in the morning when I got back home.

_______________________________________________________________ Henry Lim (Aung Myint)
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  • Attended Rangoon Institute of Technology, but left for USA before graduation.
  • Writer and Publisher
  • Served as Chief Editor of the BAPS Newsletter.
  • Associate Editor of the commemorative issue of the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” for SPZP-2000.
  • Published “Shwe (Golden) Padauk” Magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    It was a bi-lingual (Burmese and English) magazine.
  • For a short while, he published “Du Yin Thee (Durian)” Magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    It was a ti-lingual (Burmese, English and Chinese) a magazine.
  • Had a medical problem that needed a kidney transplant.
    Doctors advised him to slow down and take care of his health.
  • Stopped the publications.
  • Fast forward.
    Had a successful transplant, and is now happily retired.

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