Aung San Suu Kyi & The Burma/Myanmar Exploration Tour

Prof. Cindy Yik-yi Chu, Associate Director of David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, HKBU

Date : 16th October 2012 (Tuesday)
Time : 6.30PM - 7.30PM
Venue: RRS 905, 9/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, HKBU

This talk aims at revealing Aung San Suu Kyi through her books published since the mid-1980s. Daw Suu is the author of several books on south and southeast Asian countries, history, and people. These publications include Let's Visit Burma (1985), Aung San (1985), Burma's Revolution of the Spirit (1985), Nepal (1985), Let's Visit Bhutan (1986), Aung San of Burma: A Biographical Portrait by His Daughter (1995), and Burma and India: Some Aspects of Intellectual Life Under Colonialism (1998). The speaker will look at Daw Suu from the lady's own perspective and trace the development of her thoughts throughout the years.
Daw Suu has been much influenced by Buddhism and Gandhi's emphasis on "non-violent disobedience" in her vision for Burma. The speaker will discuss Daw Suu's Letters from Burma (1997, 2010), Freedom from Fear (1991, 1995, 2010), and The Voice of Hope (1997, 2008, 2012). The Nobel laureate has witnessed the changes in her country. Her works are of great historical value. Unintentionally she has become a historian of contemporary Burma.
This talk will also introduce The LEWI Burma/Myanmar Exploration Tour of January 2013 (For HKBU staff and graduate students). The 10-day tour will begin on 4 January, which is Burma's Independence Day, and with the country's celebrations.