#kachinlifestories Anthologies

#kachinlifestories Anthologies Volume 1 is out! Click here to download. (with visible Burmese fonts)

Or you can download it from Apple iBooks Store HERE. (Burmese fonts not available)

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“#kachinlifestories is pleased to present this new book series entitled #kachinlifestories Anthologies. Comprised of testimonial-like accounts and short recollections of life experiences by ordinary Kachin in different parts of the world, this is a continuing series of text-based narratives. All these short narratives are written, or recorded and transcribed, in the original language used by the storyteller, be it in Jinghpaw, Burmese, Zaiwa, Chinese, Japanese, Thai or English, etc. These are original and raw narratives capturing in entirety the stories and context of the storytellers. #kachinlifestories Anthologies marks another new beginning for #kachinlifestories, an on-going public project to construct an ephemeral autoethnographic knowledge base about the Kachin generated through the individual volitions of Kachin people from around the world.”

Excerpt From: Stan BH Tan Tangbau, Cecilia Koh Maran , Maru Charity Lu Lu Seng. “Kachinlifestories Anthologies Volume 1.” iBooks.

Story Submission Guide for #kachinlifestories Anthologies

1. In what language should I write the story?

Any language you are most comfortable with for that particular story you are writing.

2. Can I write more than one story?

Yes! You are welcome to write as many as you like!

3. Should the story be translated into English?

Up to you. But we will at least help you to develop an extended summary of your story in English.

4. What is the length of the story?

We encourage you to write 2,000 words or more if writing in English and 2,500 words or more if writing in Jingphaw. If you are writing in Lawngwaw, Zaiwa, Burmese, Shan, Thai or any other languages, an appropriate number so long as it tells your story.

If you want to write longer, no problem at all!

5. Can I add pictures or drawings to my story?

We encourage you to include pictures (originals only) or any form of original illustrations for your story. Please provide captions for the pictures and make reference to the pictures in the story.

6. In what style should I write the story?

We encourage you to use first person, i.e., “I,” to write your story. We also encourage you to write in a narrative style, as if you are orally telling the story. We want your story to naturally reflect you, your memory, and your experiences.

7. What should I write about?

You can write about anything you have experienced in your life, for example, going to school during different periods of your life; the taste of food at home; your hometown/village as you remember it; your work; how you became a pastor/activist; becoming a mother/father; experiences of working in another place or in another country; your memory of a particular event… etc. The basic guideline is that it is an account from your real lived experience.

8. Can I write about other people in my family, e.g., my mother or grandfather, or uncle?

Yes. But we encourage you to write how you remember this person. It is about your account of this relative; for example, it could be something like, “How I came to know my Grandfather…”

9. A relative I know voice recorded his/her story, can I transcribe that as a story?

Yes. We encourage you to do so. Take note, when transcribing the story do not make any modification to the spoken text. Keep it in its original form. You will receive credit as “Transcriber & Facilitator.”

10. When is the due date for story submission?

There is no deadline. We encourage you to submit as and when you finish.

While we prefer you to type out your story, we also accept handwritten stories if conditions do not make for availability of a computer, smartphone or typewriter.