By Judy L. Hasday
While an army junta took energy in Myanmar (then known as Burma) in 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi--the daughter of basic Aung San, who negotiated Burma's independence from Britain in 1947--entered Burmese politics. seriously inspired by means of Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent protest, Suu Kyi helped came upon the nationwide League for Democracy to inspire the institution of democracy in Myanmar. while the army junta held common elections in 1990, the nationwide League gained simply, and Suu Kyi must have assumed the location of top minister. as a substitute, the army nullified the election, and he or she used to be positioned below residence arrest after refusing to depart the rustic. Suu Kyi was once nonetheless in confinement whilst she used to be presented the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She has to that end been out and in of apartment arrest, regardless of appeals from overseas enterprises, together with the United countries, to loose her completely. during this amazing biography, scholars will know about this courageous lady who, regardless of being confronted with insurmountable odds, keeps to paintings towards democratic reforms in Myanmar.
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Extra resources for Aung San Suu Kyi (Modern Peacemakers)
At the time, Suu Kyi could not have known how the changes occurring in Burma would eventually affect her. What she could see, however, was how those changes very much negated all the work her father had done in securing a free and democratic nation. Since its beginning, Burma’s government under U Nu had been rocky, because so many factions within the country wanted autonomy. The situation was so bad in the late 1950s that U Nu feared a military coup. To prevent this from happening, in 1958, he called on his former colleague from the Thirty Comrades and BIA, General Ne Win, to serve as interim prime minister to restore order and keep the country from plunging into a civil war.
S apartment in midtown Manhattan. ’s friend, Frank Trager, a professor of international affairs. Trager had lived in Burma for several years and written Burma: From Kingdom to Republic. Since he had done a lot of traveling in the Far East and learned about the people and cultures of Southeast Asia, Trager was delighted to assist Suu Kyi with her studies. Suu Kyi’s bus rides back and forth from the apartment to New York University were real ordeals; she often found herself in the company of some of the city’s rougher residents.
202 seats up for election. Unfortunately, Aung San would never get to see his beloved Burma complete the transition from foreign occupation to independence. On July 19, 1947, just one month after his daughter’s second birthday, Aung San was assassinated while he was in an Executive Council meeting at the secretariat building in Rangoon. A group of heavily armed men rushed into the meeting and sprayed bullets everywhere, killing Aung San and several members of his Cabinet, including his oldest brother, Ba Win.