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Anglo-Burmese famous people check this link

  • Annabella Lwin Lead singer of Bow Wow Wow 0    0rank #4 · Annabella Lwin (born Myant Myant Aye, Burmese: မြတ်မြတ်အေး, 31 October 1966) is an English-Burmese singer, songwriter and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow.
  • Zienia Merton British, Actress 0    0rank #5 · 42 Zienia Merton (11 December 1945 – 14 September 2018) was a British actress born in Burma, now Myanmar. She was known for playing Sandra Benes in Space: 1999.


The study of occupations and professions has a lengthy and prominent tradition in sociology. Occupations vary greatly in the degree to which they become the master determinants of the social identity, self-conception, and social status of the people in them and in society (Visano, 1987). Occupation culture also guides and interprets the tasks and social relations of work and how they are perceived in society.

This research began in 1994 and was designed to have input from staff nurses working in hospitals within Metro Toronto who provided me with narrative experiences relating to their work life. Nursing scholarly publications in Canada were limited in the area of the production of non-supportive behaviours in nurses’ work lives, and racist discourses in particular.

My research from 1994-1999 looked at the structure of Nursing that produced a culture that had non-supportive behaviours. As nursing is about caring, I have not only reviewed positive aspects of nursing culture but also the abuse, harassment, and racism that nurses experience, as well as the culture that supports these actions. What I saw paralleled behaviours that occurred in our Multicultural society that was supposed to promote equity.

“Is there Equity in Multiculturalism?”. I argue that the idea of multiculturalism in contemporary political and legal discourses is about how to respond to the challenges associated with ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity. But in the context of Western liberal democratic societies, the term has come to encompass a variety of prescriptive claims, including the recognition that ethnic, religious, or cultural differences will be acknowledged and respected. The Vertical Mosaic: An Analysis of Social Class and Power in Canada by John Porter (1965,) Its elites have been drawn largely from middle and upper-class “British charter groups.”

Understanding social action rather than a law on multiculturalism provides an awareness of how actors in Canada have and will evaluate and charge, create, and defeat various inequitable social relationships (Jacobs, 2000. p. 26). Social justice and equity in Canada I state cannot be met within our Multicultural Act but only through advocacy with like-minded individuals from all groups working together.

Anglo-Burmese – my roots

This work is neither a work of creative non-fiction like Alex Haley’s Roots (1976) nor a biography, though my use of autoethnography may lead some readers to think it is biographical. History helps us understand what occurred in Burma prior to the diasporic departure of the Anglo-Burmese community.

There is a historical context to the vivacious culture of the Anglo-Burmese, who liked to express themselves and bonded together to form a community in Burma. A community whose roots started in Burma and whose allegiance was to their European British heritage, but whose forefathers did not really view this community as being part of the British family.

Perceptions are filtered through cultural locations. Culture shields and legitimizes inequalities. Rules that exist to guide activities can also be used to block and control activities. It is within the multiple contexts of histories pertinent to institutions, places, and individuals that I try to connect socio-cultural theories, history, and politics in order to help achieve an interdisciplinary understanding of Anglo-Burmese culture. The use of “everyday” lived experiences is a more obvious form of research that entails using autoethnography in order to facilitate a point of intersection where research methods commingle with theories framing Anglo-Burmese culture.

How do we identify ourselves? “Where do you come from?” is a question that is asked when people meet you in the West. When I say “I am Anglo-Burmese,” I am often told by people that I neither look Anglo nor Burmese and that I could be categorized as an Indian from the West Indies because of my skin colour and features. In response to such labelling, I explain to people what being Anglo-Burmese actually means. In instances when I want to avoid the hassle and burden of explaining my racial-cultural-ethnic heritage to people, I simply say that I am Canadian, though this then generally leads to the question of, “Yes, but where did your parents come from?”

This is the beginning content from a book I will be publishing this year –

Anglo-Burmese Culture: Letters from my mother.

Witting this was an empowering psycho-emotional journey for me, which benefitted from my interactions with family, friends, and diasporic Anglo-Burmese. I am going to Australia and will once again do some research with the community to see if any understanding of the culture remains or as I predict it will die out in the diaspora. I for one, use very little of what I learned as a child in Burma as living in Canada for most of my life has made my life and values more Canadian than Anglo-Burmese. My brother’s children and their children in Australia – they know the term but their lived experience in Australia. I hope when the book comes out that they will have some understanding of their heritage that goes beyond the food they like to eat.

Aung San Suu Kyi- there is no case. It is a called ‘kangaroo court’

Aung San Suu Kyi testified in her defence for the first time, but the Myanmar junta wouldn’t let us hear what she said. Even her lawyers are barred from telling us. That doesn’t sound like the junta is very confident in its case against her.


Hello Everyone – it is good to be black again.

I have not been able to get something to say as COVID took a lot of us out of everyday life to live like hermits. It was far more than social distancing. It was isolation.

Well, I am really back and will be posting my lived experiences and my worldview.

Currently, I have been reading how for three centuries and more with the tide of British expansion, English law became embedded into new lands in every quarter of the globe. It remains a basic element of the jurisprudence of independent countries like Canada, the USA, India, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaya, Ghana and Nigeria to name a few. Not only did they bring their laws but with it came the mixing of races. In India, they had the Anglo Indians while in Burma, people like my family were called Anglo Burmese. Looking at my mother’s picture, you become aware that the British did intermarry. Life was understood via British values and laws.

Doreen Andrews Jacobs

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016

As the year ends, the pain and suffering for millions in our world goes unnoticed. Some get media coverage but most do not. Poverty exist in Canada while our new PM pushes his one big project bringing to Canada 25,000 Syrian refugees. There is no outcry of how the entire mess started with Bush and Blair who still enjoy a great life. Obama with his friends disrupted Syria. Africa is a mess in many places with refugees.

Human Rights and Social Justice the buzz words of Canada must be actions not only for 25,000 but for all in Canada who are hungry and homeless.

May 2016 be better fo

January 30 – the month is almost gone – I am questioning how to adjust my future.

What future are we looking for? How do you describe this future?

For most of the time-  our values, our spirituality makes a difference to how we see ourselves and others. To some – we may not have answers to what is occuring this the world and the evil that is occuring. To others- they don’t look around but turn inwards.

History does repeat itself, but have we learned from history? The negative daily information had made many look away and shrug their shoulders. Stop for a moment and think about what you can do that is in your incontrol, and not just take pictures of the disasters that are around you to post on social media – the big things may be out of your control. For this coming year I want to remember something that is not remembered but is really part of the global community.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 25 states:

“Everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

For me to advocare for this standard has become important when I look at the future that COVID19 has exposed.


Beirut explosion, COVID 19, Isaias leaves at least 5 dead – Human Sufferings

Listening to the different death occurring explosions, human-killing virus, and storms leave me feeling helpless. Are we helpless? Events that occur in producing social dislocation as noted are from internal forces such as disasters, persecutions, and intra-group armed conflict, the militarization of developing countries, as well as from external forces such as bombings and imposing wars from the Security Councils of other states. This displacement leads to the marginalization of many ethnic communities as well as many war-related deaths. All these traumatic events precipitated large groups of people to be dislocated with the next process being relocation and resettlement. This process results in the loss of many basic needs, the loss of loved ones, and unfamiliar cultural environments and communities. Dislocated persons become strangers in a new land with the loss of familiar sounds, sights, and smells.

What is missing around social dislocation is the discussion on the positive aspects of the human spirit. The destruction of traditional bonds of community and the new formations of the community is complicated and is unclear if the label social dislocation answers questions related to new realities of local-based networks and identities. Types of traumatic experiences are not the only variable in a person’s existence but attitudes towards life and the know-how in rebuilding, adapting to the present are part of a successful resolution (Sixsmith et al., 2014; Ungar et al., 2013; Polk, 1997; Fine, 1991) to trauma experiences.

Resilience is a useful concept regarding human populations as life for many is about the opportunity available for ‘that life’ to not just exist but to thrive. Resilience is part of the human experience from the time a human takes her\his first step. Falling due to balance and staying down is not an option for a toddler. They get up and try again. Reconstructing the self when allowed to do depend on social networks and economic policies. Social behaviour is constructed by reflecting on experiences the person has and interprets as positive and the reactions of others towards the same experience. Positive feelings can provide an impetus for repeating behaviours. To carry out daily life experiences many well-adapted individuals will seek help in unfamiliar environments. The ability to seek help is a transferable skill that not only shows resilience but also the ability to adapt. My question to myself and to you  – how are you adapting and thriving?

(some of the content is taken from my published chapter –

Social Dislocation, Adaptability, and Resilience in

Merle Audrey Jacobs (2015) Social Dislocation to Geographical Dislocation: Trauma & Resilience  (Ed). Toronto, APF Press. (refereed)

Good Relationships are a 2 way experience – even with cats

I dedicate this blog post to my (Anglo Burmese) good friend Dean and his lovely Queen Silvia who passed away recently. She was the apple of his eye and bonded since birth. Looking at their relationship gives me hope for mine with Kayli and Bella.


I picked up, on July 9th with the help of my brother, 2 female kitties from the Toronto Cat Rescue around 7-8 months as they were found – sisters I am told and not feral. They are still learning their names which I changed as one was named Blue. Bella and Kayli are not my first cats, remember Daisy my last (2018) cat? I was close with all my feline family but this time our bonding is taking longer.

Interacting with them, I started to think about relationships because the first thing they did was to hide from me. If they could not see me all was well. So I kept them in my large bathroom for a few days. Safety was their number one goal as their food was not a problem – they ate when I was not around. No matter how much I felt love for them or spoke in a sweet voice, they were having none of me until on the 4th day they did not hide but stayed far so I could not touch them. Then I let them into my bedroom and locked the door so they could not hide in the rest of the home where it would be difficult to find them. Another step in the relationship. Now they live in the bedroom but still aloof. They know I bring them their food and treats – that’s nice but go away so we can eat. One step at a time. They have to learn to trust.

Made me think about how many other relationships are much the same. The lack of trust hinders a relationship where both parties can enjoy the interactions understanding the comfort level of each party. Sometimes letting another person into a paired relationship (they have each other – I am the outsider) can be problematic. I saw this as both would come and look at me and then one would run calling the other (they talk a lot to each other). There I was left alone. In human relationships, we can lock other people from joining our groups when we view them as intruders – the outsider who just is not one of us. They don’t look like us, speak the same language or behaviours that are different. We humans can learn from our furry friends – their loyalty and love when they trust you.

As the days went on since July 9, every day showed improvements. I could touch one or both on the heads when I was in bed and they were on the floor. Then they would run. Last night both Bella and Kayli jumped on my bed, (I am sure they did this when I was asleep) and allowed me to pet their heads – nothing more, and off they went after a few minutes. I was elated, wanting more but knowing the relationship was on their terms. I acknowledged that they now trust me a little more because when I am in the room they no longer hide but have begun to play non stop – but I must not go near them or off they go under the bed or chair where they love to sleep – that is where they still feel safe. Yes, I could grab them and force them to let me pet them, but I am building trust on their terms.

Take away thought – trust and feeling safe are the foundation of a good relationship even with other humans. Sometimes we have to wait for people to come and interact with us and not push them on our timeline. ©

Did COVID19 make us count our blessings?

Models use mathematical equations to estimate how many cases of a disease may occur in the coming weeks or months. They help researchers simulate real-world possibilities in a virtual environment. COVID19 has provided researchers to understand how many cases occur linked to our behaviours.

Big moments like graduations and weddings not held in the usual rituals, meetings on Zoom or Skype, loved ones dying alone, no hugs as people were told to social distance and now wear masks. No more bumping into another person in a store and automatically saying “sorry’ even if they bumped into you. Humans are inherently social creatures where memories are made from interactions. The need to belong, to enjoy the company of others which is called bonding can be seen worldwide according to cultural norms and values. Social contact is said to influence our behaviour, cognitive, and emotional responses.

With the entry of COVID19 into our world, we have been experiencing Social exclusion which is in usual societal interactions an effective form of punishment. We know that Social Networks are part of the Social Determinants of Health in Canada. It is very important as we have learned from research that support from families, friends & communities is associated with better health. Those enjoying strong social ties appear to be at low risk for psychosocial and physical impairment. The lack of social support is associated with depression and other psychological problems and in some cases even mortality. In general, social support seems to be an important moderating factor in the stress process and it’s consequences to health.

COVID 19 has made us limit ourselves to engaging in social support other than virtually. Virtual humans cannot substitute the real human experience. Research has detailed that when people do even an easy task, and another person is nearby, they tend to do that task better than when they are alone. Research than placed virtual humans and found performance in the virtual human condition was worse than in the alone condition. We have learned the value of our relationships in a new way – sometimes the very relationships taken for granted. I have often said, “Love never dies”. Sitting with myself during social distancing, I have found this to be true. Loving relationships do stay with us even when we are apart.

With the above in mind, I understand that need for missing the extra hug from a grandchild, a face to face meal with parents, or a BBQ with friends. The new normal of wearing a mask has allowed for us to socialise and meet – even if it is in units of 2 to 3 bubbles. All this has allowed me to become more grateful for having family, friends, and work colleagues. I value all of them in my life with the differences and caring that each brings to our relationships. The flowers on this page are for all of you – saying thank you for being in my life.

Perhaps, COVID19 has made us count our blessings.

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