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Dr Michelle Aung Thin was born in Rangoon, Burma (now known as Yangon and Myanmar respectively) and grew up in Ottawa, Canada. A novelist and essayist, she is the author of The Monsoon Bride, (Text 2011) and Hasina (Allen & Unwin), published as Crossing the Farak River (Annick) in Canada and the USA. Her writing deals with the impact of oppressive political systems – the colonial, the authoritarian – on ordinary lives as well as the complexity of cross-cultural identity (she is Anglo-Burmese). Michelle teaches in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University here in Melbourne.


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