Funeral of former Shan leader on Saturday

Khun Thawda with Lt-Col Hsaiwan and Col Hsolane on his right and Col Hsengharn on his left in 1981.

Khun Thawda, who passed away on 30 May, will be cremated on Saturday, 5 June, at Bangkok's Sri Mahathat Temple in Bangkhen district.
Sao Kya Seng

He was born on 30 October 1925 (Friday, Full Moon of 12th Lunar Month, Kawza Era 1287) in Hsipaw to Hkun Awngpa and Sao Wanna, elder sister of Sao Kya Zong, father of Khun Htun Oo, leader of Shan Nationalities League for Democracy; and Sao Kya Seng, the last prince of Hsipaw, who was immortalized in Twilight over Burma by Inge Sargent.
 Dr Ba Nyan

Sao Wanna later married Dr Ba Nyan (1907 - 1969), who became known as the Father of Shan nationalism and Shan modern songs (The Shan anthem was written by him).
Khun Thawda a.ka. Pi Sai Long, Pichai Khunseng and Sao Mawn Zeung, went to school in the United States with his uncle Prince Sao Kya Seng but won his bachelor's degree back in Rangoon in 1956 in Political Science.
Married to Manee Thaiprasert, a Thai of Shan origins in Chiangmai's Fang district in 1960, they had 3 sons together: Seripharb (1960), Pipat (1962) and Issarapharb (1964 - 85). In 1970, he became a news editor for UPI.
In 1981, he was elected as Vice President of Shan State Progress Party, an office he held until the SSPP's armed wing, Shan State Army "North", made peace with Rangoon in 1989.
His greatest contribution to the Shan resistance, according to the late Khun Hsang Wanli, was the art of radio interception.
The following are extracts from The Shan of Burma: Memoirs of a Shan exile by Chao Tzang Yawnghwe and Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948 by Bertil Lintner:
 Courtesy: Memoirs of a Shan exile by Chao Tzang Yawnghwe
 Courtesy: Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948 by Bertil Lintner

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