“Nwe Nwe Kyaw arrived in Japan 12 years ago, the wife of a political refugee from Myanmar granted asylum in Japan. In Yangon, she had been a teacher; here she had to figure out something else to do.
“’There were no Burmese restaurants in Japan where the (authentic) taste hadn’t been erased. So I thought I would try to introduce real Burmese flavor to Japan,’ said Kyaw, who, in a cardigan and wire-rimmed glasses, still looks like a teacher.”
Published in The Japan Times in December 2012, as part of my “Taste of Home” column.
Kyaw’s recipes appear alongside those of other refugees in Japan in the book Flavours without Borders, produced by the nonprofit Japan Association for Refugees (JAR).