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Mon 6/6, 2022, 6:00pm
Event Format:Virtual (no in-person attendance)
Pyae Moe Thet War with Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint
Fake Accents, Feminism, and Other Comedies from Myanmar
$5
Monday, June 6, 2022, 6:00PM

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This is a virtual event, no in-person attendance is available.

What does it mean to belong? How do we adapt to belong in different situations? How do we belong on our own terms? These are questions that writer Pyae Moe Thet War explores as a woman who has lived in two cultures, Myanmar and the U.S. –– two cultures that can seem at odds with each other, yet exist within a single person.

In her new book, You’ve Changed, Pyae uses irreverent yet vulnerable essays to trace the journey of a woman who spent her young adulthood in the U.S. and U.K. before returning to her hometown of Yangon, where she still lives. She takes on romantic relationships, switching accents in American taxis, the patriarchal Myanmar concept of “hpone” that governs how laundry is done, swimming as refuge from mental illness, the pleasure and shame of eating rice, and baking in a kitchen far from white America’s imagination. She playfully challenges us to examine the knots and complications of personal identity.

Pyae wrestles with these questions of belonging and personal identity — especially as a Myanmar woman in the West, a Western-educated person in Yangon, and a writer who refuses to be labeled a “race writer.” Despite the sensitive topics she explores, she doesn’t shy away from her experience and aims to connect in a conversational, open manner, as though having a chat with friends. Intimate and funny, Pyae shows how the truth of identity and belonging may not be found in stability, but in its gloriously unsettled nature.


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