|The Burmese American
Professionals Society (BAPS) is a San Francisco Bay Area based organization
composed of scientists, engineers, professors, technicians, accountants,
business owners, various professionals and college students who have roots
in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The BAPS organizes
events and activities to foster
professional and social cooperation among the members.
The BAPS logo is
composed of a silhoutte of a lion surrounded by two blue squares. The
blue color and the squates symbolizes unity , stability and integrity.
The lion or "Chintay" as known in Burmese is a mythical creature
known for it's staunch loyalty and steadfast courage. The statues of "Chintay"
are found outside the gates of almost every pagoda in Burma.
The History of
About a decade ago,
two Burmese associations in the Bay Area decided to join forces to form
BAPS. The "seniors" from BEA (mostly ex RIT alum) would share their
experiences with the "younger and energetic" members of BASTS (Burmese
American Science Technology Society) to build a truly professional society
that will not only leverage the cultural heritage but also expand the
horizons to arenas beyond engineering, science, and technology.
Saya U Htin Paw, Saya U San Tun, Saya K C Chiu served as Presidents of
BEA, ably assisted by Ma Lily Win, Secretary [General and
evangelist]. BASTS team included Edison, Lu Lu, Roger, Betty, Eugene,
Maymar, Daniel, Jonathan, Henry, Mike, etc. In theory, there
should be a generation gap. For example, James Shu, beloved father of
Eugene and Jonathan, was a classmate of "Uncle" Benny back at RIT. But in
practice, the integration of the ECs and members of the two associations
Saya Nyo Win was elected President for the first term, and re-elected for
the second term. The torch was ably handed over to Ko
Benny [3rd and 4th terms], Ko Maurice [5th and 6th terms], Roger [7th and
8th term], and Daniel [9th and 10th terms].