Iasyr Shivaza

Shivaza, Iasyr Dzhumazovich


(pen name, Shchianma). Born May 5 (18), 1906, in the village of Aleksandrovka, in what is now Moscow Raion, Kirghiz SSR. Soviet Dungan writer. People’s Poet of Kirghizia. Member of the CPSU from 1940. Candidate member of the Central Committee of the Kirghiz Communist Party (1958–65).

Shivaza graduated from the G. Tukai Tatar Institute of Education in Tashkent in 1930 and later served in the Great Patriotic War (1941–45). From 1957 to 1964 he was editor of the Dungan-language newspaper Shyiuedi Chi (Banner of October), which is circulated in several republics of the USSR.

Shivaza’s works, which first appeared in print in 1929, include the poetry collections Morning Star (1931), The Wave of Revolution (1932), Selected Verses (1958), and Hello, Spring (1966). He is the author of novellas and the novel Faithful Friends (1958). A major theme in Shivaza’s works is friendship among peoples.

Shivaza was a secretary of the Kirghiz Writers’ Union from 1938 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1954. He has been awarded five orders and several medals.


Shchin syvyn. Frunze, 1973.
In Russian translation:
Moi novyi dom. Frunze, 1969.
Stikhi. Moscow, 1976.


Istoriia kirgizskoi sovetskoi literatury. Moscow, 1970. Pages 491–502.