Happy belated birthday, Aung San Suu Kyi!

We had meant to write this post two days ago, the day Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 67th birthday. It also happened to be the day she arrived in Europe. In fact, it would be her first trip outside her native Myanmar (Burma) since 1988 when she returned home from Britain to tend to her ailing mother. As a result of that one trip home she found herself appointed the general secretary of Burma’s National League for Democracy and subsequently a figurehead in the growing uprisings against decades of corrupt military rule in Burma.

What followed were a series of house arrests and detainment spanning more than 20 years, where she found determination amidst heartbreak and increasing influence despite her imprisonment. The regime may have locked her away, but her people never gave up on her, and the world never forgot her.

Ms Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991 for her constant non-violent struggle and fight for democracy and human rights in her homeland of Burma. However, she was unable to receive the award at the time because she was under house arrest. Now, more than two decades later, she journeyed to Oslo where she delivered her long overdue Nobel lecture. Of the Nobel peace prize, she said, “‘To receive this award is to remind me that 24 years ago, I took on duties from which I have never been relieved.”

It is our great honour to provide the following link where you can hear and read about her Nobel lecture and the admirable lady herself. We listened to the whole twenty-eight or so minutes of her lecture, including all the clapping at the end, and there was no doubt in our minds that before us was a woman of conviction with unwavering compassion; a woman of immense knowledge yet grounded in humility; a beautiful, elegant, charming human being. Charming, just absolutely charming.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI’S NOBEL LECTURE

We wish Ms Suu Kyi a happy 67th birthday and many more to come.

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Minh-Thùy

Some good news: Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s release!

Hello world!

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:

On BBC News or NBC.

“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.

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