August 16, 2004—The well known Burmese poet and scholar Min Thu Wun, also known as U Wun, died at his home in
The ethnic Mon-Burmese writer was a legend in
Min Thu Wun also gained prominence as a Member of Parliament for the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, or NLD. His passing yesterday was marked quietly by family and friends in the Burmese capital.
He was born in 1909 in
He then began writing children’s poems and pursuing a master’s degree in Burmese, which he received in 1935. While at university he was editor of the school magazine and Ganhta Lawka (“World of Books”) magazine, then one of the most widely read journals in
In the following years, Min Thu Wun cemented his legacy with a prolific output of children’s poems, and for helping to modernize Burmese literature, through a movement called Khitsan (“New Writing”).
He also helped write Mon-Burmese and Pali-Burmese dictionaries. His unique teaching methods have helped countless Burmese learn to read.
He was elected to