Aung San Suu Kyi’s powerlessness hardly matters on this issue, anyway: hatred ofthe Rohingya is one thing that . Despite their political differences, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the NationalLeague for Democracy, and the military are in lockstep when it comes tothe problem of northern Rakhine. Years of xenophobic, anti-Rohingyapropaganda, pushed from the late nineteen-seventies by the militarygovernment, endures in the nation’s collective memory, and isstoked by the hate sermons of Buddhist monks like Ashin Wirathu. Byspeaking up for the Rohingya, Aung San Suu Kyi imperils her standing in the eyesof her fellow-citizens.
I am curious to know what you found particularly interesting or striking about your readings of Larkin and Aung San Suu Kyi. Please mention three things from the readings that intrigued you, and what you found interesting about them. (This response should be about ½ page, single-spaced; 10 points possible)
General Aung San Kyi and Daw Khin Kyi brought her into the world
When she was thrust into the public eye, in 1988, it was her lineage,rather than her politics, that was the driving force. As the daughter ofGeneral Aung San, the nationally revered founder of modern Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi was at the mercy of activists who recognized the dynastic force thather name, and looks (she is the spitting image of her father), lent totheir struggle against the generals. Responsible for negotiating Burma’sindependence from the British Empire, Aung San was assassinated byparamilitary forces of the former Prime Minister U Saw, in 1947, sixmonths before its official declaration. Aung San Suu Kyi was just two years oldat the time, but there’s no doubting her love and admiration for him. Ina 2013 radio interview with the BBC, she described her father as “myfirst love and my best love.” This filial piety is perhaps the key tounderstanding Aung San Suu Kyi as saint and sinner.