Born in Adelaide, Australia to an Anglo-Shan family, I would describe my life as a life of travel and learning.
My name is Aidan Jom Muang (エイダン・ジョム・ムアン), and I am a 20 year old content creator and writer. I started this page during my Japanese exchange in 2018 to write articles and blogs about various things.
What is Shanland/Muang Tai
Shanland or Shan State is the home of the Shan (Tai-Yai) people, a Tai ethnic group found almost everywhere in Southeast Asia and one of the 56 registered minorities in the People’s Republic of China. In Shan, the country is called “Muang Tai”.
My family originates from Northern Shan State in Myanmar with heritage stretching all the way back to the Chinese Shan State of Dehong in Yunan.
The struggle for freedom
The Shan people have suffered immensely at the hands of the previous military junta of Myanmar. Our right to independence that was agreed upon at the Panglong Conference was taken from us without our consent, and now many Tai-Yais have cried the cry for freedom by swearing allegiance to the Federated Shan States, the Shan government in exile that declared our independence from the Union of Myanmar in 2005. I support the Shan cause for freedom.
My dream in life is to work in education in Myanmar, particularly the Shan States, and to build schools and universities. One of my greatest dreams to build the first Shan National University, where the curriculum is taught in a standardised register of the Shan Language.
Another one of my goals is to see the construction of a standardised romanisation for the Shan Language. I have attempted to create one for Chinese Shan (Dehong Dai), which can be viewed and studied with through two language courses on Memrise for Dehong Dai, which were developed by me.
Language Course and Alphabet Course
Of course, my greatest aspiration is to see the eventual independence and recognition of the Shan country. I believe that our country is large enough, and our culture distinct enough to have this independence, a place where we can live in peace, harmony and under the rule of law. My dream is to contribute to this great quest, this great journey for Shanland to once again, become a royal throne of glory and a beacon of light for the whole world.
Should Shanland succeed in it’s quest for independence, I would like to see the freedom for other Tai ethnic groups around Southeast Asia and to join with us as one nation called the Tai Federation, united forever.