Mi Mi Khaing

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Mi Mi Khaing
Mi Mi Khaing portrait.jpg
Native name
Born1916 (1916)
Died15 March 1990 (1990-03-16) (aged 73)
Alma materRangoon University[1]
OccupationScholar, Educator
Known forA Burmese Family
Spouse(s)Sao Saimong
ChildrenYin Yin Nwe among others...
Mi Mi Khaing and her husband, Sao Saimong

Mi Mi Khaing (Burmese: မိမိခိုင် [mḭ mḭ kʰàɪɴ]; 1916 – 15 March 1990) was a Burmese scholar and writer who authored numerous books and articles on life in Burma during the 20th century. She is notable as one of the first women to write in English about Burmese culture and traditions. Born of Mon ancestry,[2] Mi Mi Khaing grew up during the British colonial rule of Burma and was educated in British schools.[3] She attended St. John's Convent School.[4] She married Sao Saimong, a noted scholar and a member of the royal family of Kengtung State, one of the Shan States. In addition to her writing career, she also established Kambawza College in Taunggyi and served as its principal.[2]

Published works[edit]


  • Burmese Family (1946, 1962), Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Press, 1962.
  • Cook and Entertain the Burmese Way (1978), Karoma Publishers, 1978.
  • The World of Burmese Women (1984), London, Zed Press, 1984.


  • "People of the Golden Land: Burmese Character and Customs". The Atlantic. February 1958.
  • "Burmese Names: A Guide". The Atlantic. February 1958.


  1. ^ Hastings, Max (2011). Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945. Random House. ISBN 9780307957184.
  2. ^ a b Trager, Helen G. (1969). We the Burmese: Voices from Burma. Praeger. p. 111.
  3. ^ Anderson, Katrina (2001). "Books for the Study of Burma". Burma Project. Global Source Education. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  4. ^ Kanbawsa - A Modern Review
  • Maxim, Sarah (1987). The World of Burmese Women. The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Aug., 1987), pp. 699–700.
  • Clague, John (1948). Burmese Family: Review. International Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Apr., 1948), p. 298.
  • "Burma/Myanmar Women Studies Bibliography". University of California Berkeley, Library. Retrieved 2008-01-15.