by Daniel Opacki Twenty-nine years later, in memory of August 8, 1988. At 11 PM on August 8, 2017, Burma’s 88 Generation student leaders, who where mostly high school or university students in 1988, gathered with family and friends before Yangon’s City Hall. Poets, artists, and musicians made speeches, read poetry, and sang songs…
My Dad, Eddy (2nd from right) and his childhood friend Smitty (far right) were inseparable Korea War Era Rakkasan’s
By Daniel Opacki
During my life in Burma I’ve known hundreds of ex-political prisoners (XPP’s) and I’ve met hundreds more. I never ran across a single XPP who took pride in their sacrifice or claimed that their sacrifice meant significantly more than that of another.Read More
Author John Grant, a Vietnam War era veteran offers his reflections on his life during the Vietnam War. It’s rare an American writer references the Tale of Kieu, a narrative poem I read during my youth. I believed one day I’d also be going to Vietnam during the war. This is an important story and Grant sagely ends his article with a poignant assessment of modern American society and politics.
by Daniel Opacki What a restless and sleepless night one can have knowing that a loved person in their life has been taken by a stranger. My partner’s sister was up at 3:00 AM and went for a walk around the neighborhood where Thin Thin disappeared. None of us slept much. We had less than…