By JARED COHEE
Dispatch from Court Square Park, Long Island City:
When I first met Myo Lin Thway and his now famous palata, I had to summit a steep hill in the Briarwood section of Queens just north of Hillside Avenue. This hike eventually led to a small church that held the yearly Myanmar Baptist Church Fun Fair on its grounds. Raffle tickets were sold and there may have been balloons for children, but the “fun” consisted of having a good chunk of the Burmese community in New York City gather to eat each other’s home-cooked foods. This was about 12 years ago, but at that time Thway had already been 12 years into this yearly rhythm.