TX KBC Kaw na Hkristmas 2012

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December 2nd, 2012 ( bat 6 ya )
Trinity Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Tsin-yam Alu Tam Lamang
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, USA hta shanu shingbyi nga ai myu tsaw mung tsaw myit su ni myit hkrum let hpaw ninghtan ai DFW Emergency Team kawn woi awn let Tsin-yam Alu Tam Lamang hpe htunghking ka manawt ai lam, yu ngwi mahkawn ni hte shangwi shapyaw ai lam ni kabu gara wu wu di di awng dang ai hku galaw la lu sai na chye lu ga ai. Matut nna htunghking malu masha shat-jam, Shanglawt hpagup ni dut shabra let Tsin-yam alu tam ai lamang hpe galaw la lu sai lam mung kahtap chye lu ga ai. Ndai lamang hta Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas kaw shanu nga ai Jinghpaw Wunpawng myu lakung bawsang ni yawng shang lawm ai sha n-ga Hkang, Kayin ni hte rau Americans ni mung sa du ai hte marai 300 jan shanglawm lai wa sai lam mung chye lu ga ai. Ndai alu tam lamang kawn lu la ai ja gumhpraw ni hpe seng ang ai hpyen yen tsin-yam woi awn Committee de shalai ya mat wa na re ai lam mung poi lit hkam ni kawn chye lu ga ai.


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Kachin letter to Obama

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November 15th, 2012

Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW;
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

The Kachin community in the United States offers our heartfelt congratulations on your re-election and wishes you every success as you continue leading our great nation for another four years. We are writing this letter to you as fellow Americans.

We wish to convey to you our sentiments regarding your impending visit to our homeland, Burma. This trip has historic implications not only because it is the first visit by a sitting US President, but also because it has potential for pressing the government of Burma to enact further democratic reforms and achieve national reconciliation. In the light of these, we want to express the following concerns:

  • Visiting the country at this juncture might provide legitimacy to a government which has one of the worst human rights records in the world, especially in respect to our kinsmen, the Kachin, living in northern Burma.
  • Premature engagement with a government which remains to fund the army that currently terrorizing innocent civilians and Internally Displaced Persons could undermine the United States’ stature and integrity.
  • These potential outcomes could further marginalize minorities in Burma and destabilize the country.

Despite widespread reports of political reform, Kachin civilians continue to suffer grave human rights abuses under the current quasi-civilian government backed by the Burma Army. They continue to commit ethnically motivated war crimes and crimes against humanity, especially our families and friends, as documented by respected human rights organizations. These crimes have intensified since the breakdown of the government’s 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independent Organization in June of last year. Within the course of a year, this ongoing offensive has displaced over 90,000 Kachin civilians, the majority of whom are now living in two dozen camps along the Chinese border. These civilians live with constant fear and uncertainty and in dire need of the most basic human needs. Nevertheless, the administration of President Thein Sein continues to block much needed aid by making it impossible for international organizations to provide assistance to internally displaced civilians. In addition, innocent Kachin continue to suffer arbitrary arrests, harassment, interrogation, and detention by government authorities.

The Kachin have an important historical connection with the United States. Senator Mitch McConnell expressed in Congressional Record on Oct 12, 2011 that Kachin contributions to the Allied efforts in Burma during World War II are legendary. Today, the Kachin are engaged in a different kind of war, a war to secure the right for self-determination that was guaranteed under the historic Panglong Agreement, the document which gave birth to the Union of Burma in its present form. In view of these historical ties, we implore you to give your utmost attention to the crisis facing the Kachin in your discussions with the current administration of President Thein Sein.

The United States is a leader in promoting freedom, equality and democracy around the world. We are bonded by faith that our appeal to you will cause ripples of hope for others across the globe. Thus, we are urging you to consider the following requests in your visit to our homeland:
  • that you and your administration continue to stand for American values and principles in times of great strife.
  • that you, our leader, serve as a witness to atrocities committed against our kinsmen in our homeland.
  • that you use your influence as a world leader to speak out against injustice and unscrupulous terror against innocent civilians.
  • that you and your administration foster unity by engaging in dialogue with all Burmese parties, including armed resistance political organizations.
Furthermore, we ask that you urge the current administration of President Thein Sein to take the following actions:

  • Provide assurance of a free flow of domestic and international aid for the displaced Kachin civilians, especially those living in camps along the China-Burma border because a solution to the IDP problem is prerequisite to future talks, whether military or political.
  • Permit the presence of UN observer teams or intermediary teams in conflict zones and IDP camps for the purpose of monitoring and preventing human rights abuses.
  • Begin a genuine political dialogue based on Panglong Agreement and find lasting tangible solutions that will address the six decades of the country’s political turmoil.
  • Ratify a new democratic constitution that reflects the founding principles of the Republic of the Union of Burma, which is inclusive of representatives from all ethnic stakeholders.
We sincerely thank you for your attention to these matters and trust that you will use all the powers vested in you to bring about peace and reconciliation for all ethnic nationalities in Burma, including the Kachin.


Kachin Alliance
United States of America
Email: contact@kachinalliance.org
Phone: 1-202-5005076

Participating Organizations -

Kachin communities in USA:
1. Kachin American Association
2. Mid-Atlantic Kachin Christian Fellowship
3. Pennsylvania/ New Jersey Kachin Fellowship
4. Kachin Development Foundation, Florida
5. Kachin Community of Indiana, Indianapolis
6. Kachin Cultural and Heritage Organization, Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas
7. Kachin Community of Louisiana
8. Kachin Community of Mississippi
9. Kachin Community of Tennessee
10. Michigan Kachin Community
11. Kachin Development Society of Nebraska
12 Illinois Kachin Community
13. Kachin Heritage Organization, San Francisco
14. Kachin Community, Los Angeles
15. Tulsa Kachin Community, Oklahoma
16. Washington Kachin Fellowship Committee
17. Kachin Culture and Literature Association (JLH), Houston, Texas
18. Georgia Kachin Community
19. Iowa Kachin Community
20. Phoenix Kachin Community, Arizona
21. Kachin Christian American Association (Fresno, California)
22. Pan Kachin Development Society, USA

International Kachin Communities and Organizations:
23. Kachin National Organization
24. Kachin Canadian Association (KCA)
25. Kachin Culture and Literature Association (JLH), Singapore
26. Kachin Community Netherlands
27. Kachin National Organization (Thailand)
28. Kachin National Organization (Japan)
29. Kachin National Organization (United Kingdom)
30. Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG)
31. Wunpawng Ninghtoi (WPN)
32. Kachin Refugees Center (KRC), Malaysia
33. Kachin Women's Association Thailand
34. Kachin Association of Australia (KAA, New South Wales)
35. Kachin Association of Australia (KAA, Melbourne)
36. Queensland Kachin Community Inc, Australia (QKC)
37. Kachin Development Forum Thailand

   Daini  October 28, 2012 (laban) shani Willowgrove,PA U S A  kaw wunpawng myusha marai 20 ram du zup let, 52 ning hpring K I O masat n-htoi lamang hpe ngwipyaw awng dang ai hte galaw la lu sa ga ai. Lamang hta Shd.N-ka Zau Tawng tingnyang-up, Slg.Tangbau Kam li KIO mungga hti shalai, Shy.Lasap Hkawng Nyoi(Ann) Lakjet, Slg.Gunhtang Nawng Lat hkumtsup kyu hpyi hte, Shd.Govak Dau Ze lusha chyeju shakawn rai let, shang lawm gun hpai shajang lai wa sai. Lamang hta du wa lamang ni hte seng ai lam ni, amyu sha ni a ra mara lam ni shada tsun sang lang jahkrup la ai lam (latest kachin news update and sharing informations) ni mung lu galaw la sa ga ai. America mungdan sinpraw hkran panglai hkin gau masawn mayan hku "HUrricane Sandy" n-bung laru (75-95 miles per hour)  n-dai tawng ya mi laman ( October 27-November 2) du na re lam Radio,TV,Internet, Road sign  ni hta shana shabra ding yang e n-hkrit n-tsang hte buga na myutsaw share shagan ni hpe myit n-gun la let, 52 ning hpring KIO masat n-htoi hpe lamang byintai awngdang ai du hkra myit n-den shaja n-na, shakawn shagrau kabu aw law la lu sa ga ai.Lamang hta sa du shanglawm ai  ni yawng hpe chyeju dum shagrau salam (salute) hkungga jaw dat ai zawn, myit du, akyu hpyi karum ai ni hpe mung chyeju dum ga ai. 

Blood and Gold: Inside Burma's Hidden War

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Kachin Alliance

Date:- 28th. Sept. 2012.

Dear Kachin Alliance,
the purpose of this contact is mainly to request your help in reaching this voice to the State Secretary
of US, the Secretary General of the UN, including Thein Sein, Suu Kyi as possible as you can. Please
update the words and expression in the context of your Political Communities.


Dear our Democratic leaders of the present World Community, first of all, we Kachin people sincerely
greet all of you and acknowledge that we are giving our daily attention on the radio messages coming
from the VOA, RFA and BBC, especially during an official visit of Presedent Thein Sein and Daw
Aung San Suu Kyi at her official speech, her personal interview with the VOA, RFA, the University
Students and Myanmar Family members of the USA.
1. Leave it at whatever are being uncommon and let us go together at whatever are being
common in our interest opinions and aims.
We are in doubt whether this political dictum should have been expressed or not by democratic
leaders like Suu Kyi. When listening to this voice of Suu Kyi we feel ourselves that the ethnic
minorities in Burma have no choice at all in this road map to democracy. This means that as we
understand the voice, Suu Kyi is strengthening the military power of Thein Sein government in a
sense that this political dictum is forcing all ethnic minorities to submit themselves to the policy of
Thein Sein government which in fact is not practicing a democratic rule. Suu Kyi expresses this
political dictum to help us go together as majority go while the majority can not go with Thein Sein
government because it is not a democracy.
Suu Kyi is inviting world wide international companies to invest their projects in
Burma as Burma is becoming a democratic community; she is appealing the world leaders to
withdraw economic sanction and to grant a loan of money from the World Bank. All these requests
are possible to be done in democratic society so long as Suu Kyi is diligently requesting for these in
her auspices. But we need to look back the situation of President Chun Doo Wan of S. Korea and
President Marcos of Philippines. They have been exercising the role of democracy actively at the
expense of personal interest by using political alliance between the western leaders and the national
leaders themselves while there are diversities of socio-political and religious conflicts inside the
country. We are keeping our process with our watchful eyes towards to see what would happen in an
immediate future.


Local Kachins

Marai 3o jan sadu ai lam chye lu ai.
12:00pm hta UN rung shawng kaw Tingtsing wa hpe ning hkap n gun madun ai lamang galaw ngut ,nna
2:00pm hta gaw Newyork kaw na Myen dat kasa rung de ning hkap n gun madun ai lam galaw ai lam chye lu ga ai.
ndai sumla  ya n gun madun taw ai ten na sumla re.
Shiga matut shana wa na ga ai.

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USA kachin Alliance ndau laika

Posted by Admin Monday, September 24, 2012 0 comments

September (24) Laban

Amerika na Wunpawng Myusha ni hku nna anhte a Kanu Buga hta byin nga ai majan the ndai majan a majaw ru yak tsin yam hkrum nga ai anhte a sai daw sai chyen ni a matu n-pu na n-gun madun lamang hpe Kachin Alliance hku nna woi-awn let galaw sawa na ga ai. 

Nhtoi: Laban Hpang Mali Ya, September 27th, 2012
Shara: United Nations
Hkringdat:  First Avenue and East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, USA
Aten: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Shara: The Permanent Mission of The Union of Myanmar to the United Nations
Hkringdat: 10 East 77th Street, New York, NY 10075, USA
Aten: 02:00pm – 03:30pm
Lamang a yaw shada ai lam gaw  anhte a buga de na majan hte ru yak tsin dam lam ni hpe ma shagrau chye wa nna garum shingtaw ai lam jaw na matu the Myen Gumsan Magam Thein Sein hku nna Amerika kaw du nga yang anhte Wunpawng Myusha ni ra sharawng ai lam ni hpe hpyi shawn na matu re. 
Yawng hpe shanglawm na matu saw shaga datga ai.
Hkungga let,
Kachin Alliance, USA

September (24) bat langai
Ya ten Jinghpaw Wunpawng Mungdan kata Myen hpyen hte asuya ni gaw adip arip roi sha taw nga ai ten, re majaw Amerikan mungdan kata du taw nga ai Kachin ni hku nna boycott galaw da ai lam re. Ning re ten e Myen amyu sha ni gaw nlu lu hkra Kabya nkau myi hpe gum hpraw jaw nna hkalem Jinghpaw Hking jahpun nna sa hkap tau la shangun ai lam lamang galaw nna Media hta amyat htuk la ai lam Newyork mare kata kaw byin lai wa sai.
Ndai kaw sahkap tawn la sumla gayat hkam ai wa gaw Hkun Aung ngu ai Myen Sam Kabya kasha wa re lam chye lu ai. Ning re mying dut sha, myu shayuk ai baw htawm hpang de nbyin na matu jaja sadi jaw dat mayu ga ai. Ndai zawn Kachin mying dut sha nna amyat htuk ai ni hpe lam amyu myu hku nna ni nawn ai myu sha ni ahkyak la lu hkra hkyen lajang da saga law.
"Wa a hkang gwi shamat," nbyin u ga.
An hte Jinghpaw Wunpawng myu sha ni roi mung hkrum, mying dut sha mung hkrum, Mungdan dut sha mung hkrum, tsin yam tsin dan mung hkrum nbyin u ga yawng jaja sadi maja sa wa nga ga.

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည့္ အေမရိကန္ႏုိင္ငံသုိ႔ လာေရာက္လည္ပါတ္ျခင္းကုိ အေမရိကန္ေရာက္ ကခ်င္အမ်ိဳး သားမ်ားက သြားေရာက္ေတြ႔ဆံုျခင္းမျပဳရန္ ၀ုိင္း၀န္းသေဘာထားထုတ္ျပန္ထားေၾကာင္းကုိ ၾကားသိရပါသည္။ ယခုကဲ့သုိ႔ အေမရိကန္သုိ႔ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည့္ လာေရာက္စဥ္ အေမရိကားႏုိင္ငံေရာက္ ကခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားမ်ားလာေရာက္ျခင္းမရွိသည္ကုိ အခြင့္ေကာင္းယူကာ ဗမာလူမ်ိဳး မ်ားက လိမ္ညာလွည့္ျဖားျပီး ကခ်င္၀တ္စံု ၀တ္ဆင္က ၾကိဳဆုိခဲ့ၾကေၾကာင္း သတင္းရရွိပါသည္။ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ နယူးေယာက္ျမိဳ႕သုိ႔ေရာက္ရွိလာစဥ္ နယူးေယာက္ရွိ ဗမာလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားက ခြန္းေအာင္ ေခၚရွမ္းဗမာလူမ်ိဳးကုိ အခေၾကးေငြေပးကာ ကခ်င္၀တ္စံု၀တ္ဆင္ေစျပီး ၾကိဳဆုိခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ယခုကဲ့သုိ႔ ဗမာလူမ်ိဳးမ်ား၏ လုပ္ရပ္သည္ ရွက္ဖြယ္ရာျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ဒီမုိကေရးစီေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည့္ ကုိ အေမရိကန္ႏုိင္ငံေရာက္ ဗမာလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားကုိ လိမ္ညာလွည့္ျဖားခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းလည္း ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

US Mungdan kata shaning shagu Mungdaw shagu
hta gayin galaw nga ai Jinghpaw Hkristan Dinghku
Dabang hpe 2012 ning a matu Omaha Mare
 makau Linwood ngu ai ginra Nebraska Mungdaw e
 May 25-28 ya laman awngdang ai hte galaw la
 lu sai lam seng ang ai poi shabyin shatai ningbaw
 ni kaw na chye lu ai.

Shaning shagu Kachin American Association kaw na
 woi awn galaw sa wa ai raiyang, daining na
 dinghku dabang hta laklai ai lam hku nna
 KAA mu gun nnan ni hpe bai lata shatsam tawn lu sai hte sharin hpawng laman Kanu Mungdan de
 byin hkrum nga ai Majan Tsinyam ni a lam, garum kahtau lam hte amyu sha lam ni hpe, shang lawm ai
 yawng gaw myit rawt myit katu let bawngban wa sai lam hpe mung na chye lu ai, grau nna
US mungdan hta Jinghpaw Wunpawng Amyu Sha ni a shawnglam mung masa a matu amyu sha lam
galaw sa wa na ninghkring marai(5) lawm ai Executive Committee hpe ninghtan hpaw shabawn dat lu sai
lam na chye lu ai, ndai committee a mying hpe "Kachin Alliance" ngu shamying sai hte shanglawm ai
shawa masha ni yawng kaw na myit hkrum masat dat sai re hpe matut chye lu ai.

Overseas Kachin Association
May 28, 2012

16th Kachin family camp USA 2012

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Laiwa sai laban May shata 13 ya shana maga daw 3-7 pm lapran hta, Bristol, PA USA kaw, ' JINGHPAW LAIKA NINGHTOI' masat lamang hpe du sa masha 60 jan hte ngwi pyaw awng dang ai hku galaw la lu sai lam chye lu ai.Lamang a shawng daw de Laili laika hte seng ai myusha mahkawn ni jawm mahkawn, dai hpang lamang mahkyen hte maren lamang hpe galaw sa mat wa ai. Lamang hta hpawng hpaw akyu hpyi ai, Mungdan mahkawn shakawn ai, Laika labau hti ai, KANU masat laban n-htoi re hte maren, Myu a Kanu ni hpe shagrau ai lamang, Laksan akyu hpyi la ai lam, Ka hkrang shala, mahkawn yu ngwi mahkawn ai lam ni hpe galaw mat wa ai. Dai hpang malu masha jawm lu sha nga let, shachyen shaga lamang galaw ngut ai hpang mahkawn yu ngwi hte shapyaw lamang, htung hking Manau nau ai lam ni hpe galaw la lu sai lam chye lu ai. Kachin Literature Day Report

Some of the steering committee members and volunteers for Celebrate Asia 2012 Event which will be held on May 12 in Jacksonville, Florida.

ore team members at World of Nations representing Myanmar

Jacksonville Kachin Dance Group at World of Nation Event in front of Burma Tent.. 

KIA hte U.S. gaw na Wunpawng sha ni hkrum bawngban Feb 9, 2012 PART 1 KIA hte U.S. gaw na Wunpawng sha ni hkrum bawngban Feb 9, 2012 PART 2 By:http://www.youtube.com/user/asut666

2012 U.S.A Kachin Christian Family Camp

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2012 U.S.A Kachin Christian Family Camp (May 25-28, 2012)
Camp Moses Merrill, OMAHA, NEBRASKA
How to Get There

From Omaha:Take Hwy 275 north to Fremont, then Hwy 30 west to North Bend. 
At North Bend, take Hwy 79 south two miles to Morse Bluff.
At Morse Bluff, take the county road (Linwood Road/Lin Road) west about 6 miles to Road 31. Camp Merrill is on your left.
From Grand Island:Take Hwy 30 east to Schuyler.
At Schuyler, drive south on

Hwy 15 approximately two miles to Spur 12A.

At Spur 12A, drive east to Linwood. Watch for signs in Linwood.  At Linwood, follow the county road three miles to Camp Merrill on your right.

From Lincoln:Take Hwy 34 north to Hwy 79.
Continue on Hwy 79 north to Morse Bluff.
At Morse Bluff, take the county road (Lin Rd/Linwood Road) west about 6 miles to Camp Merrill.
From Norfolk:Take Hwy 275 east to Pilger, then Hwy 15 south to Schuyler.
At Schuyler, continue south on Hwy 15 approximately two miles to Spur 12A.
At Spur 12A, drive east to Linwood.
At Linwood, follow the county road three miles to Camp Merrill.

Many GPS systems do not give accurate directions to Camp Location.  Please see map & directions above.

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Special massage to American kachin rangers

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American WWII veterans retain ties in Myanmar

Posted by Admin Wednesday, March 28, 2012 0 comments

LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) — They're in their 80s and 90s, and it all happened a very long time ago and far away, but American World War II veterans are still repaying "debts" to their comrades-in-arms in northern Myanmar — because without them they might never have returned home.
Instead of retelling war stories as old soldiers are prone to do, these survivors of some of the war's harshest campaigns have set up education, health and other programs in this remote region to help the Kachin, an ethnic group that fought alongside them against the Japanese.
The brotherly bonds, both sides say, have not been severed despite the passing of 70 years, the isolationist policies of Myanmar and a long-running conflict between the autonomy-seeking Kachin and the military-backed government.
"We were all for one and one for all," remembers American Sam Spector of his days as an 18-year-old combat radio operator.
Among the ravishing mountains and valleys, the Kachin remember the Americans in a legendary light, as part of their folklore.
It was an improbable but remarkable partnership. The Americans came from the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. Young and inexperienced, most had only seen jungles in the movies. Some of the Kachin, then a largely illiterate people, had never seen a wheel. The Kachin tutored the newcomers in jungle survival and in turn were taught modern warfare.
They formed a guerrilla force, the Kachin Rangers, which numbered 10,800 at its peak and killed 5,400 Japanese while losing only 202 of their own — one of the highest kill-loss ratios in U.S. military history. They demolished Japanese bridges and trains, provided intelligence and rescued 425 downed airmen.
Experts at ambush, the Kachin terrorized the enemy with stealth and ferocity. When one general questioned the high body counts, a Kachin fighter dropped a bundle on his desk and said, "Count the ears and divide by two."
Peter Lutken, a battalion commander who fought with the Kachin behind Japanese lines, learned their language and culture around campfires.
"They loved him and he probably would not be alive today without their friendship — neither would most other American and British soldiers in that part of the war," said his son, Peter Lutken III.
The elder Lutken, a retired businessman who lives in Dallas, was among a group of veterans who made a return trip to Myanmar in 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.
"When the war ended, we walked off and left them with a few medals, a few presents and nothing else," he said before that trip. "It wasn't right."
He spoke of "a debt of honor" owed by his unit, Detachment 101 of the Office of Strategic Services.
An initial effort right after the war failed, and subsequent ones were stalled by Myanmar's government, which was trying to suppress the Kachin insurgency and also growing more hostile to the United States.
In 1996 the veterans began Project Old Soldier, training impoverished villagers to plant corn, buckwheat and other crops instead of opium, sending nurses to visit ailing Kachin veterans and aiding orphans.
Eight years later they started 101 Schools, which teaches mathematics and English to classes of up to 500 students in open-sided sheds, barns and church outbuildings in the largely Christian community.
The veterans have not been to Kachin state since the 1990s but continue to funnel in funds from the United States.
Among the few foreign aid groups allowed to operate in northern Myanmar, the two organizations have funded the translation and printing of health care manuals and hope to assist some of the more than 75,000 refugees from fighting which erupted again last year.
The Kachin first took up arms against the regime in 1961 and Kachin state remains a patchwork of areas, some controlled by the government and others by the rebel Kachin Independence Organization.
Dan Tarter, a retired U.S. Army colonel who administers 101 Schools, says that after some initial wariness the government has not interfered in the veterans' efforts, even inviting them to expand the projects. He ascribes this to the low profile and nonpolitical, nonreligious nature of the aid.
"We operate like a program named for 0SS 101 should operate — quietly," he says.
The Kachin insurgents welcome the assistance.
"American veterans and their children are grateful to us. We are also grateful to them, because they have tried to help the children of the Kachin veterans," says La Nan, a spokesman at rebel headquarters in Laiza.
But he regretted that "this spirit only applies to the old generation of Americans" while the United States appears to have forgotten the once strong ties at a time when the Kachin are embroiled in another conflict.
The U.S. is pressuring Myanmar to resolve its ethnic wars, but the Kachin hope for even greater diplomatic support and humanitarian aid. Some of the U.S. veterans agree, recalling the friendships and mutual trust.
"I was accepted fully by the Kachins and I respected their life, their ethics, their innocence, which was not much different from mine," says Spector, a delivery boy in New York City with only limited schooling before he enlisted.
After the war he moved to Rome, Georgia, and became a lawyer, businessman and university professor.
He was among those who returned in 1995. During an emotional reunion Lutken spoke to a group of young Kachin women in their language, mentioning the name by which he was known during the war: Ka'Ang Zau Lai, or "He who went through it from beginning to end."
"The girls all knew it. Pete had become a part of the living history of the Kachin people. The girls started to cry at meeting this old warrior and hero of the Kachin," says Barry Broman, a retired U.S. diplomat who hosted a party for the group in Yangon, then the capital of Myanmar.
The wartime exploits of the Americans and Kachin, some of whom went on to join the rebels, have not been celebrated by Myanmar. The government is dominated by the majority ethnic group, the Burmans, many of whom initially sided with the Japanese.
"Burmese historians only write one or two lines about the contribution of the hill people in the liberation from Japan. That's all. This is a great tragedy," says Rev. Maran Ja Gun, a Christian pastor, historian and adviser to the Kachin Independence Organization.
There is a monument — an American and Kachin soldier standing side-by-side, garlanded weekly with fresh flowers — but it's on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Yangon. Authorities didn't give permission for one in Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital, although the Japanese were allowed to erect a war memorial.
For the American veterans, what matters are the schools and other aid projects, Tarter says: "These are their monuments."


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