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From An Old Scrap Book (A century ago this time)

By S.Z Howe

The British Army annexed the upper Burma in 1883 and the little Shan state of Kale also fell to them instantly. Afterwards Capt.Raikes of the British Army acting Deputy Commissioner of the Upper Chindwin sent for Chief Tson Bik of Tashon (Falam) and held a peace talk with him at Sihaung village near Kalemyo and then Falam Chins capitulated to the British government. (more…)

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The Great Khai Kam by Van Cung Lian

khaikamKhai Kam (1864–15 September 1919) was a Chin leader who fought the British forces when they invaded Chin Hills/Chin State in the late 19th century. Two years after the British had conquered the Chin Hills, he led a rebellion to overthrow the British administration from Chin Hills. Unsuccessful in his rebellion, Khai Kam was sentenced to life imprisonment on the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. He was released in 1910 and returned to the Chin Hills. (more…)

The 1964 Emergence of Zo Separatism in East Zoram

The 1964 movement began without any organization or planning and resulted from a variety of government actions and policies. One factor was that Zo members of parliament were angry with the military government of General Ne Win for dissolving parliament. This meant that their hard won seats provided no more work or income, and they were forced to be idle. (more…)

History of the Zo Mi (Chin) race according to Sithu Dr. Vum Ko Hau

[Note: Compiled from the “Profile of A Burma Frontier Man” – 1963 by Vum Ko Hau (Ph.D)]pdf

“The Chin is of interest, because he reveals the material out of which Buddhism and civilisation have between them evolved the Burmese people; the Chin, in short, is the rough wood out of which the Burman has been carved”. – “The Silken East”, by V. C . Scott O’Connor

The Chin Hills Gazetteer recorded the facts that Zo (Chins) and the so called Kukis were one and the same race and that Soktes, Yos and Kamhaus were one people. It further summarized the fact that all belong to one and the same Kuki race. Had the word Kuki been changed to Zo at that time, the right word for calling the various tribes and clans of the Zo race inhabiting the areas joining Burma, East Pakistan and Assam would have been answered a long time ago. This publication was rare for a long time and was not available to later authors on the various races of Burma. (more…)

Are We Missing The Point or Have We Lost The Essence?

By Mungpi Suantak

What does the term “Chin” imply?
The word or the term “Chin” may have had its roots far beyond our recordable memories and could possibly have been used elsewhere in Mongolia, China or Tibet. Yet it is not the history of the term that we are concerned here in this article. In the modern age, since the 19th century, the British used the term “Chin” to identify groups of people living in Northeast India, Northwest Burma and Chittagong Hill Tracts. (more…)

Major General Tuang Za Khai

Following article is compiled from the Pu Thang Za Dal’s paper “THE CHIN/ZO PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH, BURMA AND INDIA”

I. FAMILY
Born: July 1, 1927
Parents: Ex-Chief Khan Lian, Pi Lian Cingh(Khuasak)
Bros & Sis: Son Za Cin, Niang Pum, Tuang Kho Kam, Pau Kho Hau, Man Vung, Lian Za Cing, Tuang Za Cin
Marriage: Miss Tual Dim
Children: Kam Do Dal, Khan Lian Khup, Cingh Thian Uap (more…)

Power for the Elite (Among Chins)

Following article was compiled from the “Conversion of the Chin in Burma: The Creation of an Elite” by Bianca Son (Mang Khan Cing) Ph.d, daughter of the late Dr. Vumson Suantak, her thesis paper for Master of Science at International School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Contemporary Asian Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam (August 2007).

The previous chapter demonstrated a carefully constructed effort of the Hakha to separate themselves first from the Burman and then from other Zomi, resulting in a Hakha elite.  This section examines how this elite has used Christianity to gain political power within Burma, specifically by creating a new Christian community, the Hakha have vied for leadership of the whole of the Chin.  They have further parlayed their Christianity to gain attention and power on the world stage. (more…)