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Khin Myint


Khin Myint struggled with depression as a young man. Following a suicide attempt, he healed using artistic pursuits as therapy. He went on to become a respected singer-songwriter in the folk scene. When his sister fell mysteriously ill, her story was taken up by the media. Khin’s family cared for her through physical symptoms and psychotic breaks. A polarised debate within medical institutions played out about whether her illness was mental or physical. After thirteen years, she euthanised herself. Khin wrote a PhD and a memoir about his family’s story. He addresses how polarisation around complex issues can impact the process of personal sense-making. His work looks at race, masculinity, the politics of diagnosis and intergenerational family trauma. His memoir manuscript won the Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship in 2021.

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