Happy memories: Myanmar migrants in Australia share stories beyond the trauma of war – a photo essay

Happy memories: Myanmar migrants in Australia share stories beyond the trauma of war – a photo essay

The Guardian

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A new book of these elders’ favourite childhood memories will help ensure their community ‘never forget where they came from’

Whenever Hsay Wah Thu Kree thinks about his favourite childhood memory, it makes him smile. “One day, my older brother gave me his unused old bicycle wheel rim, which made me so happy. As a child, I played with that wheel rim as a hoop, using a stick, running and pushing it the whole day without ever noticing any tiredness. I can still see it in my imagination.”

But that memory is also tinged with sadness. “My best friend passed away in that same year as a result of a high fever. His father, too, was shot to death by Burmese soldiers within a week of that, after Sunday noon service.”

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