Kenneth Wong

Lecturer, Introductory Burmese, 100A (Fall 2019)

Travelogue and memoir: A Prayer for Burma (Santa Monica Press, 2003),

Survival Burmese: Phrasebook and Dictionary: How to Communicate without Fuss or Fear,

Easy Burmese: a complete language course and pocket dictionary:

Free Burmese speaking lessons for beginners:

415-566-7001, Cell: 415-710-8682
Address & Office Hours: 

Fall 2019

Office Hours and Office Location:

  • 2125 Dwinelle Hall
  • Thursday 3-4PM
  • Friday 3-4PM

Class Hours and Locations:

  • Wed, Thurs 4-6PM, B-7, Dwinelle Hall
  • Fri 4-5PM, B-7, Dwinelle Hall.

Born and raised in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), Kenneth Wong studied English in Rangoon University in the 1980s and bore witness to one of the seminal events of his generation—the 1988 student-led uprising against the country’s military regime. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1989.

Wong is the author of A Prayer for Burma (Santa Monica Press, 2003), a travelogue and memoir about growing up under military rule. His short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in Myanmar TimesIrrawaddySan Francisco ChronicleAGNI, and Grain magazines, among others. He discusses, translates, and shares the rich literary tradition of his homeland in his personal blog. He has contributed Burmese poetry translations to Eleven Eleven and Wolf magazines.

In his Introductory Burmese class at the University of California, Berkeley, Wong invites students to dissect excerpts from canonical poetry, contemporary short stories, proverbs, newspaper headlines, and song lyrics to master the fundamentals of colloquial (spoken) and literary (written) Burmese.