A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

Hardcover | July 29, 2014

byWendy Law-YoneForeword byDavid I. Steinberg

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Wendy Law-Yone was just fifteen when Burma's military staged a coup and overthrew the civilian government in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, the daredevil founder and chief editor of The Nation, Burma's leading postwar English-language newspaper, she experienced firsthand the perils and promises of a newly independent Burma.

On the eve of Wendy's studies abroad, Ed Law-Yone was arrested and The Nation shut down. Wendy herself was briefly imprisoned. After his release, Ed fled to Thailand with his family, where he formed a government-in-exile and tried, unsuccessfully, to foment a revolution. Exiled to America with his wife and children, Ed never gave up hope that Burma would one day adopt a new democratic government. Though he died disappointed, he left in his daughter's care an illuminating trove of papers documenting the experiences of an eccentric, ambitious, humorous, and determined patriot, vividly recounting the realities of colonial rule, Japanese occupation, postwar reconstruction, and military dictatorship. This memoir tells the twin histories of Law-Yone's kin and his country, a nation whose vicissitudes continue to intrigue the world.

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Wendy Law-Yone was just fifteen when Burma's military staged a coup and overthrew the civilian government in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, the daredevil founder and chief editor of The Nation, Burma's leading postwar English-language newspaper, she experienced firsthand the perils and promises of a newly independent Burma. On the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 6.25 × 0.98 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231169361

ISBN - 13:9780231169363

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List of IllustrationsForeword, by David I. SteinbergProloguePart 1: Inside1. The Lost Nation2. Born That Way3. The Tiger's Footprints4. Theatre of War5. Birth of The Nation6. On the Green Couch7. Steppe by Steppe8. Muckracker, Kingmaker9. No Return10. When the Show Opens in EarnestPart 2: Outside11. Man of La Mancha12. Golden Parasol13. Alban14. Nobody's NationPart 3: Homing15. The Old Road16. MumA Note on SourcesAcknowledgmentsIndex

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An important testimony to the almost unbelievable courage, determination and patience of those who choose a hazardous path of political dissent in the face of state tyranny and oppression.