Aung San Suu Kyi: an international icon of resistance and hope
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"Pleae use your liberty to promote ours" - Suu Kyi

 

Burmese opposition leader,

Chairperson for the National League for Democracy,

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,

And a fighter.

 

Her dedication to democracy and fighting for basic human rightshas lead her to be put under house arrst. Suu Ky sacrificed her happiness and the her family for the people of her country. She has truly become an icon of resistance and hope. 

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The beginning

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In 1988, Suu Kyi returned to Burma to tend her mother, who suffered from a stroke. During her stay, she was so devastated and moved by what she saw that the visit lead her to play a key role in leading the pro-democracy movement in Burma.

The military leader, Ne Win stepped down from his position. Suu Kyi thus began giving speeches to thousands of people, urging for a democratic government. Suu Kyi became the general secretary of the party and formed the National League Democracy. In 1990 Burmese general election, the NLD took 392 of the 492 seats, but the military junta refused to recognize the party. The military saw her as threat and put her in house arrest. They offered her freedom if she left the country but she refuses to leave because se knew she could make a differnece if she stayed. 

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Her name

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s name is derived from three relatives:

- “Aung San” from her father

- “Suu” from her paternal grandmother

- “Kyi” from her mother, Khin Kyi 
She is frequently called “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.” Daw is a term of endearment, similar to madam, literally meaning “Aunt” 
Other names include: Daw Suu and Dr. Suu Kyi

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's International Awards, Honors & Appointments - NCGUB

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Among her other many awards are: 

 

1990- Rafto Prize
1990- Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
1991- Nobel Peace Prize
1992- Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (India)
1992- International Simon Bolivar Prize (Venezuela)

2011- Wallenberg Medal
2012- Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Aung San Suu Kyi - The Choice (2012)

BBC This World 2012 Story of Aung San Suu Kyi

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This documentary of Suu Kyi includes interviews with Suu Kyi, her sons, Hillary Clinton, and a close family friend. The documentary explores obstacles that Suu Kyi has had to overcome including personal sacrifices, the tragedy she met with Michael Aris, her days during house arrest, her attempted assassination, and her road to becoming an international icon.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's speech in Norway on June 16, 2012

"Aung San Suu Kyi on her acceptance of Nobel Peace Prize in Norway on June 16, 2012"

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Letters from Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi, Fergal Keane: 9780141041445: Amazon.com: Books

Letters from Burma

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Letters from Burma [Aung San Suu Kyi, Fergal Keane] 

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From her experience of imprisonment, these collection of letters describe Suu Kyi's native land of Burma. She speaks about the army officers. schooling, and the people of Burma who have supported her fight for democracy. She especially makes a point to portray how state oppression has affected the lives of everybody in Burma from diet to traditions of hospitality.

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Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings: Aung San Suu Kyi, Michael Aris, Vaclav Havel, Desmond M. Tutu: 9780141039497: Amazon.com: Books

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Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings [Aung San Suu Kyi, Michael Aris, Vaclav Havel, Desmond M. Tutu]

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This books is a collection of Aung San Suu Kyi’s writing pieces (co-edited by her late husband). The book includes powerful speeches, letters, and interviews. This book reflects her greatest hopes and fears about the people of Burma. It portrays her worries about the lack of international cooperation the exists in Burma and how she feels the cooperation is crucial to Burma's struggle for freedom.

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Work Cited

Bio.True Story. Sarah Jensen, 6 Aug. 2007. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/aung-san-suu-kyi-9192617>.

Council on Foreign Relations. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://blogs.cfr.org/asia/category/southeast-asia/burmamyanmar/aung-san-suu-kyi/>.

The Elders. Adama Doumbia, 19 Apr. 2010. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://theelders.org/aung-san-suu-kyi>.

IHT Rendezvous. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/trust-women-live-aung-san-suu-kyi-and-shirin-ebadi/>.

NoblePrize.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-bio.html>.

NYT Time Topics. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/a/daw_aung_san_suu_kyi/index.html>.

Smithsonian. Joshua Hammer, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-Burmas-Revolutionary-Leader-165590706.html>. ;

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Background information

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Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 in what is now known as Yangon to Aung San and Khin Kyi. Her father, Aung San, founded the modern Burmese Army and played a role in Burma’s independence from the British Army in 1947. Sadly, he died that same year, but his legacy lived on. His wife was then left to raised Suu Kyi and two older brothers.

Suu Kyi’s family then moved to a different region of the country, where she was exposed to people of different political and religious backgrounds. Her mother sent her to a Methodist English high school, where she was able to perfect her English.

Suu Kyi’s mother became the Burmese ambassador to India in 1967. She took Suu Kyi with her. San graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, with a degree in politics in 1964. She then went on to Saint Hughes in Oxford, where she graduated with a degree in philosophy and economics. After graduating, she moved to New York City and found a job in United Nations. In 1971, Suu Kyi married Michael Aris, and 1972, she gave birth to her first son, Alexander Aris. In 1977 she gave birth to her second son, Kim Aris in London.

 

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Family support and overcoming tragedy

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Her husband, Aris, always made sure to support his wife. He made sure that her name was constantley in the news so she would not be forgotten after having lost connection with the world under house arrest. Aris applied Suu Kyi for the Nobel Peace Prize and she became the recipent of the award. Due to Suu Kyi’s house arrest she was not able to leave Burma in order receive her award. Instead, her two sons and husband received the award on her behalf.  

In 1999, Suu Kyi was met with a tragedy. Despite several attempts by the UN secretary general and the Pope, Burma refused to grant Michael Aris a visa to see his wife for the last time because they claimed that they dif not have the proper facilities to care for a man with terminal prostate cancer. Instead the Burmese government advised Suu Kyi to leave Burma to be by her dying husband’s side. She rejected that offer, fearing that if she left the country try would not let her back in. Aris died on March 27, 1999,on his 57th birthday

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Release

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In May of 2009, just days before Suu Kyi was going to be released from house arrest, Suu Kyi was arrested again. The only difference with this arrest was that she was arrested for an actual crime. Suu Kyi allowed an intruder to stay two nights in her house. This constitutes as a violation of the terms of house arrest. The intruder was an American man named John Yettaw. Yettaw swum to her house in order to warn her after having had a vision of someone trying to kill her.  The U.S. stated that arresting her for that reason was illegal under Myanmar law, regardless of this Suu Kyi was sentenced to another three years in prison then reduced to 18 months. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this because people think that she was only imprisoned to prevent her from participating in the multiparty parliamentary elections happening the following year. People’s fears where conformed the following year when two new laws came out in Myanmar. One that prohibited convicted criminals from participating and another banned anyone married to a foreigner from running (both of these rules applied to Suu Kyi). 

Suu Kyi was finally released on November 13, 2010. She tours around the world, giving speeches about her journey and promoting her hopes of a democratic Burma. 

 

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Freedom for Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi - Photo Essays

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In order to get things done, she will have to learn to be more than an icon of democracyPhotographs by Redux for TIME
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A collection of images of the people of Burma supporting Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi - Photo Gallery

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Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize
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Photo gallery of Suu Kyi during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

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Aung San Suu Kyi Tours the United States | TIME.com

Aung San Suu Kyi Tours the United States | TIME.com | Aung San Suu Kyi: an international icon of resistance and hope | Scoop.it
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate, Burmese democracy activist and current parliamentarian, embarked on a long-awaited tour of the U.S. On Sept.
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Founder of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi tours around the US, giving speeches

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Aung San Suu Kyi to be Honored with 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Wilson Center

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This article summarizes how Aung San Suu Kyi will receive the 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy award.The award is given to individuals around the world who are working on bringing democracy to more regions of the world. Suu Kyi will be given this award in Rangoon on January 15-16, 2013. She is the recipient this year because she has dedicated her entire life to attaining democracy for the Burmese people in a non-violent way. The awards are cohosted by the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative a platform that connects  emerging women leaders. The organization was launched by Hillary Clinton and is responsible for promoting 50% women in public service jobs worldwide.

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The Lady (2011) Trailer - HD Movie - Luc Besson Movie

The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of love set against political turmoil.
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The main theme of this film is the relationship of Suu Kyi and her husband Michael Aris.  The film makes sure to portray the devotion and support Michael Aris felt for his wife .The film also touches base with Suu Kyi's devotion to giving speeches to the people of Burma, her house arrest, and her continuous support for democracy.

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