- Oral and Written History
As a general rule, Facebook considers those who are members for less than a week as “New Member”. Based on the participation in the group, some members are considered as
- Founding Member
- Rising Star
- Conversation Starter
- Visual Story Teller
Some are rare photos and scanned photos of rare documents (e.g. Autograph, Convocation brochure, RU Magazine).
Some (e.g. Dr. Myo Thaik) has provided ID (identification) cards from their school days.
Some (e.g. U Tin Aye) posted “Then and Now” photos (e.g. Saya Dr. Tin Win at Workers’ College, and after retirement). U Tin Aye has written two posts about his Sayas. He was active in the Workers’ College Chemistry Association, and took part in the RU Golden Jubilee selling Bu Thee Gyaw with the members.
U Tin Aye wrote more posts about his sayas from the Chemistry Department.
I had feedback from Dr. Myint Tun (Henry Cho Tun, SPHS60). He had the highest score for I.Sc. (A) and (B) combined. U Myat Thwin (ChE66) beat him by one point for the highest score in Mathematics for I.Sc.(A) and (B) combined. U Cho Tun and U Thein Nyunt were Retired Cabinet Secretaries who practiced vipassana meditation at Kaba Aye Sunlun Gu Kyaung.
The Convocation Hall, Thit Pope Pinn, Library, RU Halls, RU Road Signs and several land marks appear as the background of photos of alumni spanning several decades. The photos also cover athletes (e.g. football, track and field, basketball, volleyball, tennis) often with their trophies. Some remember the practical training and field trips.
There are photos of Saya U Thet Lwin and his team, who were interviewed about the history of “Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo Kun Yeik Kho”. The song has been sung at various gatherings of the Universities and Institutes.
Saya also wrote about the history of the song. A year or two passed away before the song was recorded at BBS for the official “Dat Pya” with a remuneration of 100 kyats. Saya entertained his musicians / friends.
There are many Kabyars. Several readers felt nostalgic and have saved or shared them.
Saya U Thein Han (Zawgyi) and Saya U Wun (Minthuwun) co-founded “Khit San Sar Pay” with ICS U Sein Tin (Theikkpan Maung Wa, first Honors graduate from the Burmese Department).
Saya Zawgyi’s Kabyars are recited by young children in events (e.g. Literary Talks) all over the world. His Beda Lann Kabyars are classic. Dr. Lyn Swe Aye and his translation of Beda Lann was featured in a documentary by PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).
Saya Minthuwun’s “Su, Tu, Pyu” inspired many poets. Saya’s friends and colleagues are distinguished writers. They translated Saya’s poems and his short story “Bagyi Aung Nyar Dei”) into English, and published the bi-lingual book. One of Saya’s long Kabyars appear in a post.
Dr. Maung Maung Nyo has written some poems. One is about the “empty nest syndrome” of the parents (which can be extended to sayas and sayamas).
Many early sayas (e.g. Dr. Htin Aung, U Yu Khin, Dr. Maung Maung Kha, Daw Sein Sein) and students (e.g. those who attended RU before the war) are GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).
An exception is Sayagyi U Ba Toke who is 99 years young.
There are slight differences (may be a year or two) in the way people express their age. Since Sayagyi turned 99 in December 2019, the Burmese will say Sayagyi is 100 years old.
There are some alumni who are 90+ years young, but many have medical problems (e.g. loss of memory, hearing and sight). Many do not have the time and energy to appreciate social media or even attend Pu Zaw Pwes (lasting a few hours).
U Tin U turned 91 in August, 2020. His younger brother U Ba Than will turn 90 in October, 2020. Their primary school classmates include Dr. Kyaw Aung and Navy Commander Lin Thein Maung. The four usually meet once a month. Many of their friends are GBNF.
Oral and Written History
Some museums (e.g. Computer History Museum) interview notable people for their “Oral History” section.
I volunteered as a Docent for the Computer History Museum.
Ko Ohn Khine (M70) and I compiled the CD supplement for HMEE-2012 book (on the History of Myanmar Engineering Education). Saya U Aung Hla Tun was the leader of HMEE-2012 project.
The RU Centennial Celebrations could also have “Oral History” project.
Ko Aung Mon has re-posted articles from Myanmar Ah Lin. Dr. Maung Maung Nyo noted that there were small mistakes in the first installment.
Saya U Soe Paing jokingly called me “Shay Hmi Nauk Hmi”. Daw Saw Yu Tint (Sayagadaw and my classmate) added “Bay Hmi” as well. The posts bring to life some people that I have heard from my Thin Sayas, Myin Sayas and Kyar Sayas. “To err is human. To forgive divine”. We all make errors (some inadvertently) and are glad to have them corrected (gently) by others (e.g. Thit Yine).
- Bogyoke Aung San
Son : U Aung San Oo (SPHS59, alumnus of Imperial College)
Daughter : Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (attended MEHS, alumna of Oxford University)
Two children passed away at an early age
- Thakin Mya
- Deedok U Ba Cho
Grandchildren : Dr. Khin Hla Cho and Daw Khin Myint Cho
- Mahn Ba Khaing
Daughter : Daw Myint Myint Khaing (Mathematics)
- Sao San Tun (Mong Pawn Sawbawa)
Son : Sao Hso Holm (English Honors, Law)
- U Ba Win
Son : Dr. Sein Win (Mathematics)
- U Razak
Sons : U Tin Myint (Geology) and U Hla Kyi (Geology)
- ICS U Ohn Maung
Sons : U Tin Maung Thein (EE), Francis Ohn Maung and Dr. Min Myint (IC)
- Ko Htwe
Met Sayama Daw Myint Myint Khaing and Saya U Tin Maung Thein at the Saya Pu Zaw Pwes.
Daw Myint Myint Khaing and Daw Khin Myint Cho attended UCC.
Met U Tin Myint and U Hla Kyi at the RUBC/YUBC Annual Regatta in December 2019.
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