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Maung Nyeu is helping his people put their language and stories on record

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — The first-grader was still crying when he came home, an hour’s walk from school, his hands smarting from two days of being smacked with a cane. “You must go back,” his parents said in Marma, their native language. Since the government had begun trucking tens of thousands […]

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day “February 21 is the United Nations’ International Mother Language Day, which this year emphasizes the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in early years of schooling. It facilitates access to education – while promoting fairness – for population groups that speak minority and indigenous […]

New Numbers, New Hope

Last month, I drove down to Cambridge to deliver the latest pieces in our work to help indigenous children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. My collaborator, Maung Nyeu, displays the carvings I recently completed–the numbers 9 and 10 in Mro, Marma, Chakma and Bangla. These will go on the […]

Our Golden Hour Part II: Gifts from Bangladesh

A nervous third-grader… As I was saying in Part I of this extremely short series of posts about Our Golden Hour, on Sunday morning I met with Maung Nyeu (the founder of this wonderful non-profit) at Algiers Cafe on Brattle Street in Cambridge. I handed over the materials created by […]

Our Golden Hour Part I: Gifts for Bangladesh

Quite quietly, in the upper room of Algiers Cafe on Brattle Street in Cambridge, an extraordinary seasonal gift exchange took place yesterday morning. I was meeting with my friend, colleague, and collaborator Maung Nyeu, founder of the amazing non-profit organization Our Golden Hour, which aims to provide mother-tongue education for […]