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Fifty Years in the Karen Revolution in Burma: The Soldier and the Teacher

Saw Ralph, Sheera Naw, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

Abstract

This book is about commitment to an ideal, individual survival, and the universality of the human experience. A memoir of two tenacious souls, it sheds light on why Burma/Myanmar's decades-long pursuit for a peaceful and democratic future has been elusive. Simply put, the aspirations of Burma's ethnic nationalities for self-determination within a genuine federal union runs counter to the idea of unitary state orchestrated and run by the dominant majority Burmans, or Bamar. This seemingly intractable dilemma of opposing visions for Burma is personified in the story of Saw Ralph and Naw Sheera, ... More

Keywords: Burma, Myanmar, self-determination, Karen leader, diaspora community, refugee, immigrant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501746949
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501746949.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saw Ralph, author

Sheera Naw, author

Stephanie Olinga-Shannon, editor

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Introduction

Martin Smith

Part 1 The Soldier: Saw Ralph’s Story

1 Early Life

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

2 Japanese Occupation

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

3 The Revolution Begins

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

4 Walking Across Burma

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

5 Life as a Soldier

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

6 Family

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

7 Revolution Headquarters

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

8 Psychological Warfare

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

9 Life after the Revolution

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

Part 2 The Teacher: Naw Sheera’s Story

10 Childhood

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

11 Burman Harassment

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

12 Bible School and Missionary Work

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

13 Marriage

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

14 Children

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

15 The Karen Women’s Organization

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

16 The Fall of Manerplaw

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

17 Australia

Saw Ralph, Naw Sheera, and Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

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