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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Rebel!
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In Burma in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi won an election, but the ruling military junta refused to acknowledge the result. Author Allan Baillie heard a story about a real incident of rebellion that occurred that year, an incident in which a thong was thrown at a military officer. 'Rebel!' is based on that story.


  • Author's note states: 'In 1990 Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide election in Burma but the ruling military junta refused to give up their power. A friend, Dr Than Lwyn, told me of a remarkable incident in Rangoon in that year. I wrote and Di Wu illustrated the picture book Rebel! to tell that story. This version is more accurate.'

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it is set in Burma.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon A Taste of Cockroach Allan Baillie , Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1192060 2005 selected work short story 'Here is a journey that begins with a shuddering disaster in the Himalayas, and ends with an ill-starred romance on Mars. In between are adventures down the rivers of Cambodia and Laos, battles with bulls in Australian country towns, encounters with French agents, freelance photography assignments, handbag-snatchers in Naples, thong-flingers in Rangoon, bread queues in Afghanistan, and more' (Source: back cover blurb). Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 pg. 135-140
Last amended 10 Apr 2012 10:47:28
  • Rangoon,
    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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