Richard K. Diran

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Richard K. Diran
Born (1949-11-03) November 3, 1949 (age 64)
Nationality American
Genre Ethnography

Richard K. Diran (born November 3, 1949) is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America (1977), most notable as the author and photographer of the book, The Vanishing Tribes of Burma,[1] which was launched at the United Nations in London in 1997.[2] A reviewer for Asia Week Magazine described the book as taking seventeen years to complete and "the most comprehensive visual record of Myanmar's many ethnic groups".[3]


Diran was in the first graduating class of Walt Disney's brainchild, the California Institute of Art in 1972.[4]

He moved to Japan where he earned a Black Belt in Karate in 1974.[5][6]

Later Diran and his Japanese wife, Junko, owned the popular Fuki-ya Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco (1978–1989).[7]

He also works in oil painting and bronze sculpting.[8][9]

The Vanishing Tribes of Burma[edit]

"The Vanishing Tribes of Burma" is a touring exhibition with images by Richard K Diran, of the different ethnic minorities in Burma. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi opened the first event that took place on Sept 28th 2013 in Yangon.[10]

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  1. ^ Diran, Richard (1998). The Vanishing Tribes of Burma. Orion Weidenfeld Nicholson - London. ISBN 0-297-82294-2. 
  2. ^ Cover Magazine London (May 1998). Pages 62-73. 
  3. ^ Asia Week Magazine (Feb 27, 1988).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ California Living Magazine (February 3, 1980). Article by David Ross. 
  5. ^ Hopkins, Jerry (May 2005). Bangkok Babylon - Chapter 14, "Romancing the Stones". Backbeat Books. 
  6. ^ California Living Magazine (February 3, 1980). A World of Peril and Glitter. 
  7. ^ The Goldsmith (1983). Gourmet Gemstones are the Specialty of the House. 
  8. ^ The Nation Newspaper Thailand (2005). Seduced by Seduction. 
  9. ^ Hopkins, Jerry (May 2005). Bangkok Babylon - Periplus 2005. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-7946-0224-X. 
  10. ^ The Vanishing Tribes of Burma, Bangkok Post News, 29 Sep 2013