I learned “British” English from
e.g. Teacher Kywe
e.g. Daw Khin Khin Aye
e.g. Ms. Amelia Kyi
e.g. Brother Austin, Brother Xavier
e.g. Brother Felix
e.g. Des Rodgers
I later had to learn American usage and unlearn “British” English.
Ms Hong Kong
- Ms. Amelia Kyi was known as “Miss Hong Kong” not because she was a Beauty Queen
- She was from Hong Kong.
- She married the maternal uncle of Dr. Tin Wa and came to Burma.
- She taught English at St. Paul’s High School.
- She also gave private tuition to her relatives (e.g. Diana Tseng) and neighbors.
- She was our English teacher in Standards VI (D) and VII(D) at St. Paul’s High School.
- She used “the Carrot and the Stick”.
- She would give weekly tests and fine fifty pyas for those who failed, and reward fifty pyas for those who excelled in the tests.
- My daily pocket money was twenty five pyas, so I had no choice but to study hard.
- She had three sons.
The eldest became a monk.
U Win Kyi was RUBC Gold. He worked for Sports and Physical Education Department).
U Min Kyi was RUBC Green. He was a pilot for UBA/BAC.
As a Char Taik, I saw U Win Kyi and U Min Kyi at RUBC. They were contemporaries of my brother and cousins.
- At the 2019 RUBC Annual Regatta, I met Naymyo Thura.
He is RUBC Gold.
He is the son of U Win Kyi and grandson of Ms Hong Kong.
His mother taught at SPHS.
He said that he would like to save the SPHS photos.