Daw Aung San Suu is known as a political leader in her country. Suu Kyi was born in Yangon, Myanmar, which is now called Rangoon, Burma. Suu Kyi was the daughter of national leader General Aung San and Daw Khin Kyi. Suu Kyi father was assassinated July 19, 1947, two years after she was born. Suu Kyi stayed in Rangoon until she was 15 years old, then she went to India to study politics. After she finished at India she then went to Oxford University were she received her BA in philosophy and economics.
After Suu Kyi finished Oxford she began working as a research assistant at the University of London. Then she went to New York an spent three years as a United Nations secretariat. In New York she shared an apartment with an old friend from Burma. They kept living as if they were in Burma. Their American friend called their apartment “A Burma home in Manhattan. “In 1971 she became engaged to Michael Aris, and married him in January of 1972.
She stilled live in New York while Michael lived in London. In 1973 Suu Kyi gave birth to her oldest son Alexander, four years later she had Michael Jr. Suu Kyi and her family had no problem packing up and going to visit her home town, and so the kids could see there grandmother.In September of 1988 Suu Kyi became co-founded of the National League For Democracy (NLD). Three months later in 1988 her mother died from a severe stoke.
Suu Kyi thought that her mother’s death would change everything. But Suu Kyi stood strong and went on with her plans in life. The stories people told her about her father inspired her. In her younger years she heard of his achievements in organizing the Burma Independence Army and leading Burma to freedom.Suu Kyi decided to pursuit her father’s dreams. From 1989 to 1995, Aung San Suu Kyi was kept in isolation under house arrest for speaking out against the government, which has used torture and forced labor and refuses to hand over power, even though the it lost a national election.
Suu Kyi was well known, even while under house arrest she received awards. In 1991, still under house arrest, Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but the award had to be received by her oldest son, Alexander. He accepted the prize for his mother and for all the people in Burma.Following the release in 1995, she continued to challenge the junta ( miltary), every weekend she address thousand of followers who congregated in front of the gate of her home. That was the only forum for free of speech in the country. But the government cracked down on these gatherings and arrested thousands of people. Suu Kyi returns back to house arrest for a few months. Suu Kyi wrote about her lifetime and published six books.
The first book was called The Voice of Hope, like Martin Luther King Jr. , Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama.Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of struggle against repression and brutality. In the book Suu Kyi emerges as a human being, a mother of two sons as well as an inspirational human rights advocate and all around moral compass. She talks about when she was a soft spoken scholar living in England, and being the daughter of a Burmese military hero catapulted to prominence as the spokesperson for her country’s beleaguered democracy movement. Her second book Letters from Burma talks about being a human rights activist and being the leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy.Suu Kyi also talks about how it felt to be under house arrest for six years. She also speaks on how she won the 1991 Noble Peace Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Her third book The Lady talks about her biography. The book also tells how she was influenced of her father, whom was assassinated in1947 in the struggle for Burmese independence, when she was only two years old. The book tells in contrast how the military treated her. The forth book Standing Up for Democracy in Burma a biography which traces the life of the Burmese political activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.The fifth book Fearless Voice of Burma is an interesting, easy-to-read biography of the leader who, despite her politically active background, lived a peaceful scholar’s life in England until she returned to Burma to care for her ailing mother in 1988. The book also tells how she became involved in the great resistance movement for democracy in her homeland, which eventually led to her house arrest from 1989-1995. She became am inspiration to her people and ultimately was awarded the Noble Prize.
The last book Freedom from Fear and Other Writings this book is a new collection of writing, includes her acceptance speech as delivered by her son during her six year incarceration and numerous reminiscences on her role in politics and fear for her people. All the people in Burma want was freedom. The young people wanted to able to voice their discontent with an education system that does not challenge their intellect. They wanted to able to discuss, criticize, argue: to be able to gather in the thousands or even hundreds of thousands to sing, to shout, to cheer.
Burma’s young people wanted to play out in the vitality of their youth in its full spectrum of hope and wonder its uncertainties, its arrogance, its fancies, and it tenderness. The women of Burma only wanted to be free from the tyranny of rising prices that make a household an exhausting business. They wanted to be free from anxiety that their husbands might be penalized for independent thinking or that their children might not be given a chance in life. The women want to be free from not having to ell their bodies to support their families.The farmers and peasants wanted to be able to plant sow and plant as they wish. They wish to be able to market their products at their own will. They don”t want to be unhampered by coercion to sell it to the state at cruelly low prices. The farmers don”t want to struggle the land.
They do not want unreasonable decrees and incomprehensible authority to add their burden. Suu Kyi did reach her goal in life, the freedom of Burma was able to build a nation that respects and cherishes. For Suu Kyi hard work she received over 43 awards during her lifetimes. Suu Kyi is still living today.