Mai soong kha,
Welcome to my website which I created for all peoples of Shan State, inside Burma and in exile. I hope you will enjoy visiting, and please feel free to sign my guestbook before you leave, because your comments will be very much appreciated.
Thank you very much.
My Parent's Engagement & Wedding Ceremony
Here is a collage I made of my parents' engagement and wedding ceremonies, celebrating the deep love they shared. They were truly devoted to each other all of their lives. My father was Sao Hseng Ong prince of Yawnghwe and my mother was Sao Hom Noan princess of Lawksawk. (Their engagement was at the President's house in Rangoon and their wedding was at Lawksawk Haw.)
This is my Yawnghwe family picture at Yawnghwe Haw. My paternal Grandfather was Sao Shwe Thaike (first president of independent Burma), Sao Hpa Long of Yawnghwe and my Grandmother Sao Nang Yee was his beloved Mahadevi. My uncle Sao Hseng Hpa was the eldest son and my father Sao Hseng Ong was the second son. They are in the pic as children and as adults. My aunt Sao Sanda (the little girl) is also in the picture. Also, Sao Sanda is standing with her two brothers. Her mother was Sao Nang Sanda on the rightside foreground with my grandfather.
My maternal Lawksawk Grandfather and Kengtung Grandmother, their parents and their children. Remembering my ancesters today, with love and thankfulness.
This digital artwork is of Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin). I and my family lived there from 1962-1965, and although we were there not very long, those were the years when there were major changes in Burma and life was like a roller coaster. We left Burma in 1965 for UK. My old school is in the picture on the top left. Maymyo was a multi-cultural town. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians lived harmoniously with each other. Everything changed in 1962 when General Ne Win came into power. The horse-drawn gharis in the sky express how chaotic life was at that time, and I was a young girl who day dreamed a lot to "escape" from the crisis that was happening around me.
Happy Shan New Year
I was born in Kalaw, Shan State, Burma. That was a long time ago (62 years). Kalaw was a peaceful, unspoilt and beautiful place. The air was pure and the climate was never extreme with no pollution. There were many animals such as leopards. There were no electricity until 1954. My mother said it was like "Shangrila" which was the name of a film she saw. Now-a-days there are holiday resorts and hotels for tourists and the Burmese generals' big houses. I don't want to return to Kalaw because it may destroy the happy memory I have of it, but it will always be in my heart.
Aliens in Shan State
Just finished a photoshop artwork "Aliens in Shan State". I've been trying out some photoshop images for artwork. I call this picture "Aliens in Shan State" which describe how Shan have to carry on with their lives and do their best despite the invasion of Burmese soldiers. - 21st September 2013
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click for larger view of Shan State map - courtesy of shanland.org
An Appeal to Help Shan Refugees in Northern Thailand and Loisamseep
At this moment there are now thousands of Shan refugees who have fled over the border from Burma in northern Thailand who need your help.
Please donate as much as you can – all of the money will go to needy Shan refugee children along the Thai-Burma border. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
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