Ye Yint Thet Zwe

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Ye Yint Thet Zwe
Native name
Yangon, Myanmar
OccupationPoet and Journalist
Period1988 - present
Notable worksWe hate war, mother!

Ye Yint Thet Zwe (Burmese: ရဲရင့်သက်ဇွဲ; MLCTS: yeyintthetzwe) (born 1965 in Yangon, Myanmar) is a Burmese poet currently based in Helsinki.[1]

Ye Yint studied Myanmar Literature at the Correspondent University of Yangon until 1988, when the student revolution (commonly known as the 8888 Uprising) began and Ye Yint joined the student army. In 1990, he left Burma (also known as Myanmar) for political reasons[2] and has lived in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Finland, his current home.[3]

In Tokyo, Ye Yint founded the independent Burmese library Ahara with the help of other writers as a way to preserve their heritage. He was also editor of Ahara magazine, second chairman of the Burmese Workers Union in Japan, part of the Burma Media Association, and a supporter member of the student army of the Myanmar and Thailand border (ABSDF).

Ye Yint has also been an editor, journalist and photographer for the Burma Today News Media based in New York City,[4] and poetry collaborator for MMM Media, Yoma 3 News Media, Dawn O Way Magazine and Moe Makha Online Media Magazine. Works by Ye Yint have been included in poetry compilations such as 5 flowers, 8888 commemoration, Saffron revolution and The Sorrows of European Nights Suffering.

Ye Yint has been very active in the literary community, participating in many experimental literary events and slam poetry festivals in Finland. In 2015, he was invited to the Runokuu (Poetry Moon) international poetry festival in Helsinki, reading his work in collaboration with the electronic musicians Romulus Chiciuk and Alejandro Montes de Oca.[5]

Ye Yint Thet Zwe's poetry was the subject of the film The Journey of a Broken Bird directed by Mexican engineer and photographer Jaime Culebro.[6] The film, released in 2016, tells the story of Julia and Ye Yint's journey over the streets of Helsinki.




  1. ^ Jani Tanskanen (2016-09-25). "Roxana Crisólogo, Saad Hadi ja muita suomalaisia kirjailijoita" (Digital). Yle (in Finnish). Finland.
  2. ^ Timo Harju (2014-01-08). "Where Words May Lead to Prison" (Printed and Digital). Kaltio - Pohjoinen kulttuurilehti. Finland.
  3. ^ Järjestöuutiset (2015-03-09). "Perinteeksi muodostunut runotapahtuma järjestettiin Hakunilan kirjastossa" (Digital). Kansan Uutiset (in Finnish). Finland.
  4. ^ Ye Yint Thet Zwe (2003-03-02). "Poem" (Digital). Burma Today (in Burmese). New York.
  5. ^ Sivuvalo (2015-09-07). "MATKALLA POHJOLAAN – Runokuu: Multilingual Poetry, Music and Sound Art [GALLERY]" (Digital). Sivuvalo Project website. Finland.
  6. ^ Jaime Culebro, Ye Yint Thet Zwe et al. (2015). The Journey of a Broken Bird (YouTube). Finland: Sivuvalo Channel. Event occurs at 4:27. Archived from the original on 2016-03-27. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  7. ^ Sivuvalo (2016-04-04). "Stadin ammattiopisto ja Sivuvalo" (Digital). Sivuvalo Project website (in Finnish). Finland.
  8. ^ Sivuvalo (2016-08-08). "Presentation of the book 'We hate war, mother!' by Ye Yint Thet Zwe" (Digital). Sivuvalo Project website. Finland.