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About the Foundation



The mission of the Foundation is to promote the study, understanding, and appreciation of Burma, including
its people, society, art, literature, language, religion, and culture.


The Foundation envisions a better understanding of Burma by enacting and encouraging other organizations to do the following: to study Burma; to establish, build, and maintain collections of Burmese art, artifacts, crafts, and other objects; to put on public exhibitions on Burma; to build library holdings and research archives on Burma; to encourage the study of the Burmese language; to foster exchanges of scholars and knowledgeable people; and to seek to promote Burmese studies and culture.


  • Support the timely and accurate distribution of specialized information about Burma.
  • Encourage scholarship about Burma, especially among young professionals and Burmese scholars.
  • Maintain a first-class collection of Burmese art, material culture, literature, and archives.
  • Expand the presence of Burmese Studies within the academy and international organizations.