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Yuri is lecturer and convener of the Burmese courser at ANU established in 2016.  Yuri obtained her Masters in Burmese literature from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and worked for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Burmese specialist for seven years, including a three year stay in Yangon from 1991 to 1994. Since moving to Australia she returned to language education and research at the University of Sydney, teaching at their Japanese Department for sixteen years and in 2013 led an intensive Burmese course. During this period she published many translations / essays on Burmese literature, music, media and culture in Australia, Japan and Myanmar.  She obtained M. Phil and PhD (Modern Burmese intellectual history) from the University of Sydney.  She has a long-term curiosity about the acceptance of modernity as seen through Burmese literature. Her research for PhD explores the changing narratives of Burmese nationalism through writing a biography of Shwe U Daung, a Burmese author well known as the creator of ‘San Shar the Detective’, an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories.  

 

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