I haven’t been able to update in a while due to the onslaught of midterms and papers. But now that that’s over, I’m in slack-off mode again, so here I am. 😀
As you can imagine, I haven’t been up to much outside of studying and researching. A few weeks ago, I did attend the Hoa Tinh Thuong (Thuong Phe Binh) charity dinner down at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Toronto. To those who are unaware, Thuong Phe Binh Cong Hoa are the Republic of South Vietnam’s Disabled Veterans. A few of us PBC girls were there to assist with the flag ceremony and to sell raffle tickets during the program. There was a great turn out and we managed to sell all the raffle tickets for a truly worthy cause.
I also have a piece of good news to share today. Aung San Suu Kyi, inspirational long-time democracy leader in the military-ruled nation of Myanmar (Burma), has finally been released from detainment! The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate had been completely isolated under house arrest for the past 7 and a half years until her latest period of detainment expired, and on many other occasions before that, for leading the struggle to bring democracy to military-governed Burma. Her father is the late General Aung San, praised as the country’s independence hero. Thousands came out to greet and support her soon after she was released.
You can read about her release, the background story, and Ms. Suu Kyi herself, here:
“If we work in unity, we will achieve our goal,” she said in Burmese. I have faith in her words. Ms. Suu Kyi’s admirable strength, determination and hard work are a beacon of hope for the futures of countless people. So let’s take her words to heart and continue together on the path to Freedom, Justice, Democracy and Human rights–not only in Burma, but also in Vietnam, China, Tibet, and Everywhere a soul is being wronged and oppressed.