Pascal Khoo Thwe

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Pascal Khoo Thwe
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Pekon, Shan State, Burma
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Occupation Writer
Awards Kiriyama Prize

Pascal Khoo Thwe (born 1967)[1] is a Burmese author from the minority Padaung people,[2] known for his autobiographic writings about growing up in Burma under military rule.[3] His book, From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey, was awarded the Kiriyama Prize.[4]


Thwe was born in Pekon (Phekhon, Pekong, Pecong, Pékon), Shan State, Burma (Myanmar). He is the eldest of six sons and five daughters. His father died in 1996 in Thailand.

By a chance encounter with Dr. John Casey, a Cambridge don, Khoo Thwe was rescued from the jungles of Burma where he and other student refugees were fighting Burmese soldiers for independence. In 1991 Khoo Thwe enrolled in Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he received his BA in English literature in 1995. Khoo Thwe's autobiographical book "From the Land of Green Ghosts" was published by Harper-Collins in 2002. He currently resides in London.


  1. ^ From the land of green ghosts: a Burmese odyssey p10
  2. ^ The tablet, Volume 246, Issues 7939-7951, 2002, Page 14
  3. ^ Myanmar (Burma) By Robert Reid, Michael Grosberg 2005 Page 29
  4. ^ Perspectives on the Novels of Rohinton Mistry By Jaydipsinh Dodiya 2006

External links[edit]

  • Pascal Khoo Thwe, From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey (2002), ISBN 0-00-711682-9 [1]
  • BBC Radio 4: Taking a Stand - BBC journalist Fergal Keane interviews Pascal Khoo Thwe about his life for a radio programme first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 18, 2007.