(27 May 2014, San Francisco) Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, a prominent publisher and library advocate in Myanmar, has been awarded an Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Visiting Fellowship. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives between peers across the Pacific, Dr. Kaung will engage with leaders in the U.S. publishing, library, and NGO fields during a three-week study tour.
While in the U.S., Dr. Kaung will receive the prestigious 2014 Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award for his leading role in keeping books and literary life alive in Myanmar during decades of isolation. Given annually by the Association of American Publishers, the award recognizes a book publisher outside of the U.S. who has demonstrated courage and fortitude in the face of restrictions on freedom of expression. It will be presented to him at BookExpo America, the annual book publishing convention held in New York City.
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