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"You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." -- Max Ehrmann

237--Myanmar (Burma): Family Reunion
@ Site News     Sep 22 2004 - 17:58 PST
cherie writes: My step-dad’s name is Maung Kyaw Myint. His American name is Eddy; I call him dad. Eddy was born and raised in Burma, a country now called Myanmar. An Olympic runner (100 meter-dash), Eddy defected and moved to the United States where he became a bartender. My mom was a waitress and they fell in love.

Eddy and Bev were married when I was 5. We grew up together as a family in Fountain Valley, California with my sisters Michelle and Tonya.

After 44-years of being away from Myanmar, Eddy returned last month with my sister Tonya and her son Tyler.

The 9 brothers and sisters had not been in a room together for over 4 decades. The oldest sister is 78; the youngest brother is 55. Eddy (67) was greeted by 17 nieces and nephews he had never met.

Here are the photos of Myanmar and my dad’s family reunion.

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Eddy by a reclining Buddha after finally returning to his homeland (Myanmar) after 44 years.

Eddy by a reclining Buddha after finally returning to his homeland (Myanmar) after 44 years.

Tonya gets a ride through the streets of Yangon.

Tonya gets a ride through the streets of Yangon.

My nephew Tyler with the family's pet chicken.

My nephew Tyler with the family's pet chicken.

Eddy with two Buddhist children.

Eddy with two Buddhist children.

Han, Joe, Ohn and Eddy on the plane.

Han, Joe, Ohn and Eddy on the plane.

Looks like your ship has come in.

Looks like your ship has come in.

The ferry.

The ferry.

That sign says: Zoo.

That sign says: Zoo.

The Burmese Zoo car.

The Burmese Zoo car.

Riding on an elephant.

Riding on an elephant.

Open wide hippo!

Open wide hippo!

I wanna be a cowboy.

I wanna be a cowboy.

Eddy feeding the ostriches.

Eddy feeding the ostriches.

On an Elephant ride.

On an Elephant ride.

Tonya and Tyler with the Buddhist children.

Tonya and Tyler with the Buddhist children.

Tonya and Bernadine.

Tonya and Bernadine.

That's not a California plate!

That's not a California plate!

Tyler isn't too cool to wear a Burmese longyi.

Tyler isn't too cool to wear a Burmese longyi.

The guys love to get their daily massage.  ($2 for 2 hours)

The guys love to get their daily massage. ($2 for 2 hours)

The family.

The family.

The brothers--Joe, Wallace, Ohn, Eddy and Denise.

The brothers--Joe, Wallace, Ohn, Eddy and Denise.

The sisters--Toe Toe, Ma Than Nwe, Ma Khin Nyeen & Le Le Yi.

The sisters--Toe Toe, Ma Than Nwe, Ma Khin Nyeen & Le Le Yi.

The amazing Shwedagone Bagoda.

The amazing Shwedagone Bagoda.

A voyage to a land where long earlobes are sexy.  (Tonya and Tyler.)

A voyage to a land where long earlobes are sexy. (Tonya and Tyler.)

Brother Wallace and the pet chicken.

Brother Wallace and the pet chicken.

The enlightened Buddha.

The enlightened Buddha.

Tonya with Bernadine and Sint.

Tonya with Bernadine and Sint.

Washing sins away.

Washing sins away.

Praying.

Praying.

Praying.

Praying.

Eddy and Tyler.

Eddy and Tyler.

Cute kids.

Cute kids.

Horse-back riding.

Horse-back riding.

Joe, Wallace and Denise.

Joe, Wallace and Denise.

Pizza corner for dinner?

Pizza corner for dinner?

Look at all that family!

Look at all that family!

A good day for fishing; a bad day for sanitation.

A good day for fishing; a bad day for sanitation.

Thaingi.

Thaingi.

Stuck at the kid's table again.

Stuck at the kid's table again.

Cooking scampi.

Cooking scampi.

Eddy looking cute in an apron.

Eddy looking cute in an apron.

Tonya and Tyler pretending to eat another huge feast.

Tonya and Tyler pretending to eat another huge feast.

Sister Toe Toe's family.

Sister Toe Toe's family.

A trendy new way to wear make-up in Myanmar.

A trendy new way to wear make-up in Myanmar.

More family (always eating!)

More family (always eating!)

Zuntin and Phu Phu's family.

Zuntin and Phu Phu's family.

Brother and sister.

Brother and sister.

More family!

More family!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Le Le Yi and Eddy.

Le Le Yi and Eddy.

Joe and Eddy.

Joe and Eddy.

Eddy and Tyler by the river.

Eddy and Tyler by the river.

The ferry across the river.

The ferry across the river.

A man with his son.

A man with his son.

Biking in a skirt isn't so hard.

Biking in a skirt isn't so hard.

Awin, Alin, Tin Tin Myint and Eddy.

Awin, Alin, Tin Tin Myint and Eddy.

Newphews and nieces.

Newphews and nieces.

Shoes in front of the house.

Shoes in front of the house.

Ma Khin Nyein, Ohn, Ma Than Nwe & Eddy.

Ma Khin Nyein, Ohn, Ma Than Nwe & Eddy.

The 9 brothers and sisters.

The 9 brothers and sisters.

Kids love balloons.

Kids love balloons.

More family!

More family!

Nieces and nephews.

Nieces and nephews.

You don't need to speak the same language to play together.

You don't need to speak the same language to play together.

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

Adorable.

Adorable.

Cute kids!

Cute kids!

A nurse holds the newest member of the family.

A nurse holds the newest member of the family.

Khine Khine.

Khine Khine.

Brothers and sisters.

Brothers and sisters.

Ma Than Nwe's family.

Ma Than Nwe's family.

Tonya meditating?

Tonya meditating?

The whole clan.

The whole clan.

Tonya and Tyler.

Tonya and Tyler.

More family!

More family!