May Sweet


Birth name:  Swe Aye Myint

May Sweet, born on 13 February 1962) is a Burmese singer and actress, and considered one of the most commercially successful female singers in the history of Burmese pop music. She is most famous for her Burmese covers of Eurodisco and American rock and pop songs as well as classic Burmese songs from the pre- and post-war eras.

At 17, riding her popularity as a singer, May Sweet entered into a film career, getting the lead role in her first film. She made numerous films opposite the top leading men of the day such as Kyaw Thu, Yan Aung, Zin Waing, Pyay Nyein, and Ye Aung. She never achieved anywhere near her mother’s popularity or success in films, and stopped making films when she was about 30.


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Nay Toe

Nay Toe

Nay Toe, born Nay Lin Aung on 9 September 1981) is a Myanmar Academy Award-winning film actor and a comedian with the Burmese traditional dance troupe Htawara Hninzi. He won his first academy award for best actor with the 2009 film Moe Nya Einmet Myu.

Nay Toe was born as Nay Lin Aung on 9 September 1981 to ethnic Rakhine parents, Than Myaing and her husband Aung Than in Manaung, Rakhine State. Being the second-born child in the family, Nay Toe has an elder brother as well as a younger brother and a younger sister.

He did not have any connections to the Burmese film industry before starting out his career as a Model and eventually as an Actor.

He graduated from Yangon University with a B.Sc. in Mathematics.




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Dr. Than Tun

Dr Than Tun

Dr. Than Tun,  6 April 1923 – 30 November 2005) was an influential Burmese historian as well as an outspoken critic of the military junta of Burma. For his lifelong contributions to the development of worldwide study of Burmese history and culture, Professor Than Tun was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2000.

Died 30 November 2005

Dr. Than Tun became a lecturer in University of Rangoon’s Department of History and Political Science in 1959. In 1965, he was promoted to the Professor and Head of Department in History at University of Mandalay. Professor Than Tun left Mandalay in 1982 for University of Tokyo’s Department of South East Asian Studies where he was a Research Fellow and Visiting Professor from 1982 to 1987. Later, he was a visiting professor in Northern Illinois University where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature in 1988. From 1989 to 1990, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. In 1990 he came back to Burma and worked as a Member of the Myanmar (Burmese) Historical Commission and Emeritus Professor in University of Yangon in the Departments of History and Archeology.

In 2000 Fukuoka Asian Culture prize Committee awarded Professor Than Tun the highest worldwide academic award, a Literate of the 11th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes in the Academic Prize Category.


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Michael Aris


Michael Vaillancourt Aris,  (27 March 1946 – 27 March 1999) was a leading Western author on Bhutanese, Tibetan and Himalayan culture and wrote numerous books on Buddhism in those regions. He was the husband of Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aris was born in Havana, Cuba. His mother, Josette Aris (nee Vaillancourt), was the Canadian Ambassador’s daughter, and his English father, John Aris, was an officer with the British Council.

After being educated at Worth School in Sussex and upon completing his degree in modern history at St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University in 1967, Aris spent six years as the private tutor of the children of the royal family of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

Aris was an academic and lecturer in Asian history at St John’s College and later at St Antony’s College, Oxford. In the last years before his death, he helped to establish a specialist Tibetan and Himalayan Studies centre at Oxford.





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Alexander Aris

Alexander Aris

Alexander Aris Myint San Aung, born 1973), is the elder son of Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris. He is a grandson of Aung San, who founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 and the pioneer of democracy in Myanmar.

Aris was born on 12th April, 1973 in London, to Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris.



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U Tin Oo


General Thura Tin Oo,  born 3 March 1927 in Pathein, often referred to as U Tin Oo) is a retired general, former commander in chief of the armed forces of Union of Myanmar, highly decorated soldier, pro-democracy activist and deputy leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar.  His spouse is Dr. Tin Moe Wai.   His Children Thant Zin Oo.  His occupation was ex. Army General and politician.

Tin Oo joined the army on 26 February 1946 as a Second Lieutenant in Burma Rifle Battalion. He reached the ranks of Lieutenant on 7 January 1947, Captain on 27 September 1948 and served as executive officer at Armed Forces Training Headquarters. On 22 June 1949, he was transferred to No.1 Burma Rifle Battalion as Company Commander. He was promoted to the rank of Major on 25 January 1950 and became Deputy Battalion Commander (2IC) of No.1 Burma Rifle Battalion and took over the position of acting Battalion Commander on 27 November 1951.

Tin Oo was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 21 January 1954 and became Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade on 30 May 1957. He was then transferred to Army Officer Training School as Commandant on 13 September 1957. Throughout 1958 and 1961, Lieutenant Colonel Tin Oo served as Battalion Commander for No. 14 Infantry Battalion (from 18 November 1958), No. 2 Burma Rifle Battalion (from 16 February 1961) and after his promotion as Colonel, he became acting Commander for No. 13 Infantry Brigade (from 20 February 1961).

He was then given the command of South West Regional Military Command and promoted to the rank of Colonel on 14 February 1963. On 19 September 1964 he became Commander of Central Regional Military Command. He was then promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and became Deputy Chief of Staff (Army) on 20 April 1972. On 8 March 1974 he was promoted to the rank of General and became Commander in Chief of Tatmadaw. He was armed forces Commander in Chief during the bloody crackdown on student protests surrounding the funeral of former UN Secretary General U Thant.

He was released under general amnesty in 1980, after which he studied and received a degree in Law. On 2 September 1988, he became the Vice Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and on 20 December, the Chairman of NLD. From 20 July 1989 he was put under house arrest and from 22 December 1989, he was imprisoned for three years.

On 30 May 2003, Tin Oo, travelling with the caravan of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the NLD, was attacked in the northern village of Depayin by a government-sponsored mob, murdering and wounding many of his supporters.  Tin Oo was taken into detention along with Aung San Suu Kyi and was initially held in prison in Kalay in northwestern Myanmar. In February 2004 he was brought back to his home in Yangon, where he is actually held under house arrest.  The junta extended his detention by one year in February 2007, 2008, and 2009. The last of these extensions was in violation of the rule of Burmese law, but no explanation was given by the junta.   He was released from House Arrest on February 13, 2010.





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U Win Tin

Win TinU Win Tin with Sayadaw U Wirathu

U Win Tin, born March 12, 1929) is a politician and former political prisoner in Burma.  Also, He is a writer.   His parents are  U Pu and Daw Mar.

Arrested in July 1989 because of his senior position in the National League for Democracy (NLD) and for his writings, he spent 19 years in prison. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, modern history and political science at the Rangoon University in 1953. Win Tin was serving a 20 year sentence on charges including “anti-government propaganda.” One of the reasons for his detention is his attempt to inform the United Nations of ongoing human rights violations in Burmese prisons.

At 81 years of age, he is in a poor state of health, exacerbated by his treatment in prison, which has included torture, inadequate access to medical treatment, being held in a cell designed for military dogs, without bedding, and being deprived of food and water for long periods of time.

He was freed on 23 September 2008, after serving 19 years imprisonment.

After his release from prison Win Tin made efforts to reorganise the NLD. He relaunched the weekly meetings of the party’s Central Executive Committee which had been irregularly held since 2003. He also resumed a regular roundtable called “Youth and Future” which Aung San Suu Kyi has participated in the past. Win Tin visited family members of political prisoners to offer moral support.
He was admitted to a private hospital on 12 March 2014 for respiratory problems and hip pain before being moved to the Yangon General Hospital.  He died of multiorgan failure on 21 April 2014.  He wished to be cremated immediately after his death. His body was cremated at Yayway Cemetery in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township in the evening of April 23.


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