Min Yu Wai (Burmese: မင်းယုဝေ; born Win Maung 26 October 1928 – 29 July 2021) was a prolific Burmese writer.[1] He was awarded the 2011 Burma National Literature Award for lifetime achievement on 14 December 2012.[2]

Min Yu Wai
Native name
BornWin Maung
26 October 1928
Kangyidaunt, Irrawaddy Division, Burma, British Raj
Died29 July 2021(2021-07-29) (aged 92)
Alma materRangoon University, London University and College in Africa
Notable awardsMyanmar National Literature Award (1954, 1972, 2011)
SpouseNgwe Tar Yi
ChildrenKhin Yi Win
ParentsTun Sien (father)
Thin (mother)

Early life and educationEdit

Win Maung, the youngest of eight siblings, was born in Kangyidaut, Irrawaddy Division, British Burma, on 26 September 1927, to U Tun Saine and Daw Thin.

He was educated at Min Kone School, Kandawgyi Township in 1934, Pathein National High School in 1935, a Japanese school in 1941 and Kandawgyi Modern High School in 1942. From 1946 to 1951, he attended Rangoon University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

In 1955 and 1956, he attended University of London, studied Oriental and at College in Africa, studied Dictionaries.


He served as the Senior staff officer of the Ministry of Information (1951) and as Insein District Superintendent (1952) and in 1953 as a librarian at the Department of Literature and the 1954 Assistant Professor at the Yangon University Translating and Publishing Department.

After returning from London as a foreign studies student, he worked as an assistant editor at the Yangon University Translation Center. From 1960 to 1968, he served as editor in charge of Ngwe Tar Yi Magazine.

He previously served as the chief editor at Myat Mingalar Journal from 1985 and at Mingalar Maung Mal Journal from 1989 until his death.


Year Award Category Work Result
1954 Myanmar National Literature Award Sarpay Beikhman translation award Aesop's Fables Won
1972 Myanmar National Literature Award collection of poems "Water Fetching Time" Won
2011 Myanmar National Literature Award lifetime achievement Won

Personal life and deathEdit

In 1952, he married Ngwe Tar Yi. They had one daughter, Khin Yi Win.

Min Yu Wai died of COVID-19 on 29 July 2021.[3]


  1. ^ "မင်းယုဝေ". Yatanarpon (in Burmese). 29 March 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ Soe Than Lynn (19 December 2012). "Min Yu Wai wins Myanmar's National Literary Award". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  3. ^ "စာေရးဆရာႀကီး မင္းယုေဝ ကြယ္လြန္" (in Burmese). VOA News. 30 July 2021.