My name is Michelle Aung Thin. I am a writer and academic.
Last year, I was the 2017 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew’s Trust. You can listen to my podcast, titled Love, Loss and the Last Days of Rangoon here. It’s all about my new book project and what I found in the NLA collection.
My second book is about returning to Myanmar for the first time. I left Burma, now Myanmar, with my family when I was still an infant, the year after the military coup. Like many who emigrated, we were not allowed return visas until relatively recently. Which meant we were separated from family and any sense of our past or what Burma was. I went back for the first time a few years ago.
I now travel to Myanmar quite frequently. With every visit I realise that modern Myanmar is almost impossible to read without a clear sense of its history. Here’s a link to a panel at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, sponsored by Monash University’s Asia Institute. Along with Rebecca Lim and Alice Pung, I talk about narrating a multicultural past, including Rangoon’s days as a cosmopolitan port city.
By the way, the Secretariat, pictured above, is now home to regular art shows, including a current show that offers a fascinating glimpse into Burmese history told through resurrected photographs.
To buy a copy of my first book, The Monsoon Bride, published by Text, click here.