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Will These Two National Icons Shape Myanmar's Future?

Left: Joshua Chit Tun | Right: Han Thi Thet Lwin "Han Thi"

Written by Tiara Angeline Narido

In Law of Magnetism, it states that, “Opposite poles attract.” This same law applies also to human interaction in society today. Two young and promising individuals from Myanmar thriving in different fields, one is in entertainment, and the other is in politics. What if their paths come across each other? Will they create something brilliant?

Myanmar Celebrity Han Thi Thet Lwin “Han Thi,” born in Yangon, Myanmar, is a young actress, model, dancer, & singer currently studying in the U.S at the New York Film Academy.

PAGEANT WIN :MYANMAR WINS MISS SUPRANATIONAL ASIA &...

Posted by MRTV English Channel on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Joshua Chit Tun, born in Rangoon, now modern day Yangon, is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and innovator.

BBC's audio interview of Joshua Chit Tun. Read the full article.

This is what they had to say on their goals and ambitions.

What inspired your talent and who inspired you?

Han Thi: Every aspect of art inspire my talent. In singing, lyrics and piano inspired me. I played piano since I was 15 'til now. Movies also take a big aspect in my life which inspire me a lot. Movies makes me emotional and inspire me to acting. I really wanted to act like the actors in the movies and create something amazing.

Every artist inspire me. I admire all of them for creating great works. I was very inspired by many actors and singers, Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries), Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice), Julianne Moore(Chloe), Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and many more. Their heart and love they put in their art inspire me the most of all.

Joshua Chit Tun: The man that raised me ensured that I would have a Peter Pan childhood. He did everything possible to not limit my imagination. It is imagination that inspired my talent, my talent for creativity, my talent to see the best in others, my talent to use the arts to organize and lead others.

I hope someday I can instill this imagination in others because it gave me purpose. It is not easy to be the child that has no father, but, with imagination, this man who was not became Uncle Bob, not just to me but many others.

It was only much later on in my life I learned of the identity of my grandfather who, from what I understand, inspired many. He inspires me, and it is because of these experiences I can relate with the many children who are orphaned. Yes, relativity inspires me to do more each day.

Joshua Chit Tun describes on the television show, Sounds Within, how he continues the vision of his grandfather, Walter Chit Tun, MD, Myanmar's national icon and first movie star, by integrating STUDENTdirect Studios and YoungINC.LA to create new media to develop #NextGenLeaders.

What are your short term & long term goals?

Joshua Chit Tun: My short term goals are simple. it is showing up, being responsible, and listening, really listening. Long term goals would be to work with emerging artists, to inspire others to be #NextGenLeaders, to improve Initiating Community Action (ICA), and to do more with STUDENTdirect. Oh, I almost forgot to someday be in a position to be President.

Han Thi: My current, short term goal would be to be able to finish my college in flying colors, working hard for my final project shooting, going back to my country and show them what I’ve learned, and train myself to be ready for my long term goals. My long term goals would be to be successful as an actress and singer in Myanmar and in Hollywood.

How has your talent impacted your life?

Han Thi: Actually, a lot. Since I was 15, I started modeling and going into beauty pageants. I won a lot of awards. Each award I got have different impact in my life. I won a big title as Miss Face Of Myanmar when I was 16. I had a chance to go to Korea as a representative of Myanmar. I won Miss Supranational Myanmar when I was 17. It was a life changing experience. It was a very hard competition because there are so many girls who wants this so bad and they are very talented, too. I had to work and train harder than any other people to stand out. I had the chance to go to Poland to compete in Miss Supranational with 70 other countries. I won Miss Supranational Asia and Oceania award there. By the votes by my fans, I was also rewarded Miss Supranational Internet.

Miss Supranational Myanmar 2014 - Han Thi &National Director , Co-Founder & CEO of Miss Golden Land Myanmar...

Posted by Miss Golden Land Myanmar on Monday, November 17, 2014

Joshua Chit Tun: I am not sure how it has impacted my life, but I do know that my talents have allowed me to get ahead, and, for that, I will always be appreciative. I guess I never saw my talent as my own but more a responsibility, a gift to share to others, and, in that context, I believe my talents have had tremendous impact. I am grateful.

Do you think you're talent has inspired others? If so, how?

Joshua Chit Tun: I do believe they have and for all those who aspire to be better than me. I have great respect for you are the risk takers because the path I have chosen, there are no guarantees.

Han Thi: Yeah, I think so. I think they got inspired by the fact that I am so young and had achieved all these awards. I think the energy I put into work and all the studies I made were noticed.

What are some of the experiences you have had with your talent?

Han Thi: Awards:

  • Miss Face of Myanmar 2013
  • Miss Supranational Myanmar 2014
  • Miss Supranational Asia and Oceania 2014
  • Miss Supranational Internet 2014
  • Miss Personality (Miss People)
  • Beautiful Mind and Photogenic (The Face Shop)
  • 1st runner-up of Miss Loykertong
  • Miss Shwe Zar Chi
  • 1st runner-up for Miss Shwe Nandaw

Magazine Covers:

My cover is on this month's IDEA magazine (March 2013), Model: Han Thi, Makeup: MA Htet

Posted by William Aung Photography on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Joshua Chit Tun: I have had many positive experiences with my talent. One that I will always be thankful for is the drive I had when I was 20 to establish Multi Ethnic Cultural Association (MECA), also, prior, when I was 19, to be the first, elected president of The Reunited Organization of Pilipino Americans, probably one of my biggest achievements or, at least, it was very fundamental because I was not a Filipino. All these experiences led to me establishing the STUDENTdirect Charitable Foundation, and, now, at age 29, my current endeavor is #NextGenLeaders.

What are some of the projects you have worked or have been apart of in the past?

Joshua Chit Tun: Some of the projects I have worked on, of which there are new developments, is Boogiezone Beyond, JB Talent Group, JB Entertainment, and YoungINC.LA. If you would like to learn more of these projects go to the following website, http://www.JBMStrategies.com/. I am really excited for what is developing. The impact will be huge on the Asian community.

All these projects represent my commitment to the arts, humanity, community development, and youth empowerment. I leverage both my experiences in investing and philanthropy to progress forward. The past is the future, and it takes commitment and determination.

Han Thi: Released a new, solo, mini, music album on July 25th, 2015, named Ma Chit Tat Tay Bu (Don't Know How to Love Yet), which had 7 original songs and 3 bonus tracks. Recently, released a new song called "Phone Lay Kine Own Kwal" ("Please Pick up Me Phone"), and shot a music video for that.

Commercials:

  • Camella
  • Fuji
  • Ferrovit
  • MMM (May & Mark Gems and Jewelry)
  • Chito Sauce
  • J’Donuts 2013, 2014, 2015
  • MISSS Shampoo
  • Reveal Waxing
  • KBZ Bank Master and Visa card
  • Holika Holika cosmetics
  • Lovi Cute Cosmetics
  • New York Film Academy Photo Campaign

Commercial shoot for Camella Cosmetics Model: Han Thi, Momoko (Kate Michel), Nwe Darli Htun Makeup: MA Htet

Posted by William Aung Photography on Thursday, March 14, 2013

What are some projects you are looking into working in the near future?

Han Thi: I am looking forward for more commercials, more campaign, and feature films.

Joshua Chit Tun: Currently, my team is reaching out to artists in the Asian community who have a large following to work with Developing Next Artist ( DNA ), a new startup that I am part of. I am really excited for what this represents. Further, DNA Artists will not only be exceptional, they will also be a part of the initiatives I am involved with when it comes to philanthropy. In every way, they are crucial to what #NextGenLeaders advocate.

To reach my team, you may do so through the following email, DNA@YoungINC.LA

Do you have any advice for those who are trying to succeed in this industry?

Joshua Chit Tun: My only advice is to have no expectations, but, instead, focus on your desire, that desire that enables you to never give up because that is all that you have. The road ahead is not easy, so make some good contacts. If you do not know where to start, then I suggest YoungINC.LA's community.

Joshua Chit Tun describes on the television show, The Conner Bubble, the importance of student, leadership development to ensure prosperity.

Han Thi: Never Give Up! Never let anyone get in your way just because of a mistake or your feelings. As you would go into this media industry, there are going to be a lot of attacks and misunderstandings that would let you down but think these as a path as they are created for you to succeed. I wish everyone all the best, and, maybe one day, I’ll be working together with you guys!

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Han Thi and Joshua Chit Tun may have come from different backgrounds doing different things, but they share one, common ground. Both of them is an inspiration in their own right. Both of them are young and risk-takers who do not give up until they reach their goals. Just like them, we can believe, we can connect, and we can create an impact and by creating an impact. We are already on our way of shaping the future, not just within the confinements of our own community, but across borders, henceforth, the world. Innovation and imagination are the things that brought these two icons where they are today, and each of us own those qualities. We just have to use them, beyond our own limits.

Title: Bye! | Artist: Han Thi | Album: Ma Chit Tat Tay Bu (Don't Know How to Love Yet)

Special thanks to Professor Nwe Nwe Soe of Computer University, Thaton, Myanmar, whose idea, to interview Han Thi and Joshua Chit Tun, and following coordination made it possible to interview them.

This interview is brought to you by DNA and Ellora Wellness.

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  • #NextGen Delegate

    Tiara, it seems a job well done, and looking at the engagement, this article got traction, I can not wait for the release of the Burmese edition. I am happy for you in all your endeavors, keep it up.

    - Joshua Chit Tun

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