Burmese

Jamie Cullum

by andrew on January 14, 2017

Birth Name: Jamie Paul J. Cullum

Place of Birth: Southend On Sea, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 August, 1979

Ethnicity:
*English, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Indian, Burmese, possibly some Spanish (mother)

Jamie Cullum is a British jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, and radio host. He is the son of Yvonne and John Cullum. He is married to model and author Sophie Dahl.

Jamie has stated:

My dad was born in Jerusalem; his mother managed to get out of Nazi Germany. My mum was born in Burma and when the Japanese invaded came over to the UK when she was five. Her father was Indian, her mother was Burmese. You know, dark-skinned kids in the middle of Wales in the Fifties.

He has also said, “My mother was born in Burma but my grandfather on her side was Indian-Spanish. So I have this quite exotic mix…”

Jamie’s paternal grandfather was Harry Cullum, a British Army officer.

Jamie’s paternal grandmother, Irma, was a Jewish refugee from Prussia. She lost her relatives in Holocaust. Irma is pictured here.

Jamie’s maternal grandparents were named Leonard and Hazel.

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

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Htin Kyaw

by Manila on July 14, 2016

Place of Birth: Rangoon, British Burma (present-day Yangon, Myanmar)

Date of Birth: 20 July 1946

Ethnicity: Burmese (including Bamar and Mon)

Htin Kyaw is a Burmese politician and scholar. He has been President of Myanmar since 30 March 2016. His father, Min Thu Wun, was a Burmese poet, writer, and scholar, who helped launch a new age literary movement called Khit-San (Testing the Times) in Burma. His mother was named Kyi Kyi. He is married to politician Su Su Lwin.

Htin Kyaw’s paternal grandparents were Lwan Pin and Mi.

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Alexander Aris

by Manila on December 23, 2015

Birth Name: Alexander John C. Aris Myint San Aung

Place of Birth: Kensington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 12 April, 1973

Ethnicity:
*50% Burmese
*28.125% English
*18.75% French-Canadian
*3.125% Scottish

Alexander Aris is an English civil rights activist. He is the son of politician Aung San Suu Kyi and historian Michael Aris.

Alexander’s paternal grandfather was John Arundel Aris (the son of Herbert Aris and Sydney Dorothy Arundel). John was an English officer, with the British Council. Herbert was the son of John Aris and Elizabeth Whitton. Sydney was the daughter of John Thomas Arundel and Eliza Eleanor “Lillie” Whibley.

Alexander’s paternal grandmother was Josette Marie-Émilie de Guise Vaillancourt (the daughter of Émile Vaillancourt and Blanche Jeannotte). Josette was French-Canadian. Émile was the son of Janvier-Arthur Vaillancourt and Marie-Émilie de Guise. Blanche was the daughter of Herménégilde Jeannotte and Emily Victoria Marie Clerk. Emily’s paternal grandfather, Sir George Clerk, 6th Baronet, was Scottish. Emily’s paternal grandmother, Maria Anne Law, was English.

Alexander’s maternal grandparents were Aung San, a revolutionary (the son of U Phar and Daw Suu), and Khin Kyi (the daughter of Pho Hnyin and Phwa Su). U and Daw are titles.

Source: Genealogy of Alexander Aris – http://www.geni.com

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Aung San Suu Kyi

by Manila on December 23, 2015

Place of Birth: Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma

Date of Birth: 19 June, 1945

Ethnicity: Burmese

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician. She has been president of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar, since 18 November, 2011, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of the President’s Office, since 30 March, 2016, and State Counsellor of Myanmar, since 6 April, 2016. She was previously General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, from 27 September, 1988 to 18 November, 2011, and Leader of the Opposition, from 2 May, 2012 to 29 January, 2016.

Her father, Aung San, was a Myanmar revolutionary, nationalist, and founder of the Tatmadaw, and is considered Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar; he served as the 5th Premier of the British Crown Colony of Burma, from 1946 to 1947. Her mother, Khin Kyi, was a Burmese politician and diplomat. She was married to British historian Michael Aris, until his death. The couple has two children, including activist Alexander Aris.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s paternal grandparents were U Phar and Daw Suu. U and Daw are titles, meaning “uncle” and “aunt”, respectively.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s maternal grandparents were Pho Hnyin and Phwa Su.

Source: Genealogy of Aung San Suu Kyi – http://www.geni.com

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Alex Wagner

by madman on November 2, 2015

Birth Name: Alexandra Swe Wagner

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States

Date of Birth: December 4, 1977

Ethnicity:
*German, Irish (father)
*Burmese (mother)

Alex Wagner is an American television and liberal political commentator. She was the anchor of Now with Alex Wagner, which aired on MSNBC between November 2011 and July 2015.

Alex is the daughter of Tin Swe Thant and Carl Wagner. Her father, who is from Iowa, has German and Irish ancestry. Her mother is a Burmese immigrant, from Rangoon, Myanmar.

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