MerlepacoComing from Rangoon, Burma, life is good in Toronto, Canada. My parents were James and Doreen, and I have 3 brothers- Patrick, Winston and Richard. We had a wonderful life in Rangoon. However, we left due to the oppressive military rule.

I have a Facebook page and a LinkedIn group named Anglo-Burmese Culture, which is my heritage when I came to Canada as a youth. Canada is home today.
Before my scholarly career, I was a Reg. Nurse and a Nurse Manager in Toronto. Being part of a healthcare team was wonderful when we positioned the patient/client at the centre.

As a PhD in Sociology, my interest is in advocacy and trauma, such as -Vicarious traumatization in human service professions, Employment equity for racial minorities, and Health and Human Rights.  Refugees in Kurdistan and their trauma.

Current research is in the area of Anglo-Burmese culture and how it is different from our Anglo-Indian cousins from India – The Anglo Indians have a strong Diaspora worldwide. I published a book titled Anglo-Burmese Culture: Letters from my mother in 2024.

The term Anglo-Burmese refers to the Eurasians of European and indigenous peoples of Burma from 1826. This group can be viewed as a distinct community. After 1937, included Anglo-Indian residents in Burma whose children were born in Burma. The European element included, aside from the English, other European influences, chiefly Greeks, the Dutch, Scandinavians, the Irish (who left their country due to the Great Famine), Germans, Austrians, the French, the Portuguese, Italians, and Russians. Armenians, Syrians, Egyptians, and Anglo-Indians were also represented among Anglo-Burmans, as well as a mix of Baghdadi Jews.
What a wonderful mixture. 
For our extended family – Indian, English, Burmese, Mon, Chinese, Irish, Scottish, Portuguese, and maybe Spanish. My Grandfather dropped his last name, Fernandes, and made his middle name, Jacobo, into Jacobs.

My late husband, Francisco De La Maza, was born in Havana, Cuba, to Antonio De La Maza and Ana Emila Perkovich. He worked for Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola and Cadbury International for the regions of the Caribbean and Latin America before starting his own company, Discovery 2000, distributing his signature wine, Chantelle, in Miami, Florida. Paco was a gifted artist, pianist and an Olympic Fencer.