Chit Maung, national journalist (1912-1946)


In memory of the late literary family of journalist- statesman U Chit Maung – feminist authoress Daw Ma Ma Le’ and children- Marlon Brando character actor Maung Thein Dan, poet Moe Hein, Professor Dr. Khin Lay Myint who pollinated literature between French and Burmese ; two civilized and highly nationalist peoples. Ko Than Soe, the son of Thein Tan, is now running Ma Ma Le’s Thihayadana press in Rangoon.

Journalgyaws from Universities Central Library, Rangoon Journalgyaw (Weekly Thunderer, a former nickname for the British newspaper The Times) and contemporary journals like Maha-hswe’s Ye Thadinza, U Hla’s Kyi-bwa-ye, Nagani weekly from a left-wing Thakin book club; all contributed radical nationalist anti-imperialist inspirations to the Burmese-speaking public, especially young activists and students amidst economic hardships of the 1930s.

Chit Maung was accepted as a thunderous and serious intellectual with a strong contribution to Burmese political forces, especially thakins and leftists (communists mostly). He was Benjamin Franklin of Burma for Aung San and his comrades in anti-Japanese years. He died so early and escaped state-media conflict reemerged in post-independence Burma ; the overture was opened with government thugs’ assaults to his press and others for a false news. Later, his widow enthusiastically supported reconciliation between armed forces and also highlighted on land redistribution and peasants issue in fictions, as well as on economic hardship of lower middle class in the climax of early civil war years.

His image is still a fictitious model for politically active Burmese who read Ma Ma Le’s A Man like Him, translated and published from Cornell SEAP.


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