Rangoon University

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  • It is important to preserve and share old photos.
  • Before the advent of digital cameras and smart phones, it was not simple and cheap to take photos (let alone process them).
  • In my younger days, I had a Box Camera, and later Yashica Mat. Unlike my uncle and a cousin brother who are experts in developing films (in a dark room), I had to pay 25 to 50 pyas per print at a Studio (e.g. Ahuja). Later, there emerged professional photographers (e.g. Maung Maung Nhyat and his brothers) and freelance photographers (e.g. Dat Pone San Aung, Dhatu Kyaw Lynn, Maung Maung Soe).
  • Only those who won contracts had permission to take official photos at the Convocations. It was not compulsory to take and pay for the photos. Some, who did not order the photos, found their photos being displayed as examples of “Do not walk like this” and similar fun messages.
  • In the posts, there are individual photos and group photos (e.g. fresher welcome, farewell, graduation, newspaper clippings). Some have captions and dates. It is sad to note that some photos remind of people that are GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).
  • In the early days, Color photos had to be sent abroad for processing. Our wedding photos were taken with the color film given to me by my elder brother. They were then sent to a friend who was studying abroad. The color photos faded over time.
  • With the advances in technology, even small children can take reasonably good photos. The photos can be edited (e.g. crop, color-adjusted).
  • Some unscrupulous people have “doctored” photos and presented them as “evidence” of news. One unethical researcher “duplicated” data to “get favorable results”.

Dr. Thwe Oo (UK)

  • Shared her memories of growing up (until she matriculated) in the Main Campus.
  • Described the harrowing experience of the “U Thant Ah Yay Ah Khin” (especially the fear for her father’s safety).
  • Her father Saya U Khin Maung Nyunt (History, Assistant Registrar under Rector Saya Dr. Maung Maung Kha and Registrar Sayama Daw Sein Sein) was Warden of Sagaing Hall at the time. Per Sayagyi’s request, he and his Hall Tutors tried to persuade the throng of student protesters — some holding sharp objects — marching on to the Convocation Hall, but to no avail. They had to go along with the crowd and try to minimize the crowd inflicting damage on the Campus property.
  • She fondly remembers her father play tennis with his close friend Joe Ba Maung (Burma Tennis Champion in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles).
  • She also had good rapport with the Swimming Instructors and friends at the University Swimming Pool.
  • Her mother is Sayama Daw Mya Mya Nu (Zoology, fondly known as Mya Lay of the “Lay Sisters”).
    Her aunts are Tin Lay, May Lay and Than Lay.

Dr. Nyan Taw (SPHS63)

  • Matriculated in 1963 from St. Paul’s High School.
  • RUBC Gold
  • Joined the Zoology Department
  • Did his graduate studies in Marine Biology in Tasmania, Australia.
  • Worked for PPFC (People’s Pearl and Fisheries Corporation)
  • Worked overseas on UN and Government projects.
  • He is happy to see posts about the simple but heroic act in 1941 (before he was born).
    His mother Daw Marie Hla Taw help Bogyoke Aung San escape the “net of the Police Commissioner who had placed Five Rupee / Kyat reward on Bogyoke”.
    An actress has been selected to portray his mother in the movie about Bogyoke.

Updated on June 7, 2020

Htein Win (Photographer)

  • Took photos of the Ah Yay Ah Khin (mostly from a saya’s house in the Main Campus).
  • Gave the photos to some friends and to an organization overseas (for storage).
  • With the Pwint Linn era, he was able to get back the archived photos from overseas.
  • Managed to get articles from some of the participants in the Ah Yay Ah Khin.
  • Ko Khin Maung Zaw bought a book from Myanmar and then mailed it to me.
  • In November 2019. I was invited to attend the 5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay. I met Ko Htein Win who had a book stall at the Festival. He gave me an autographed copy of the book about 8-8-88.

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