5 Interesting Stories about Aung San Suu Kyi – A Burmese Politician, Diplomat, and Author

5 Interesting Stories about Aung San Suu Kyi - A Burmese Politician, Diplomat, and Author
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1Her name

Aung San Suu Kyi, like other Burmese names, includes no family name, but is only a personal name, in her case derived from three relatives: “Aung San” from her father, “Suu” from her paternal grandmother, and “Kyi” from her mother Khin Kyi.

The Burmese refer to her as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Daw, literally meaning “aunt”, is not part of her name but is a Burmese honorific for any older and revered woman, akin to “Madame”. Burmese sometimes address her as Daw Suu or Amay Suu (“Mother Suu”)

2Courageous father

Her father, Aung San, founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma’s independence from the British Empire in 1947; he was assassinated by his rivals in the same year.

3Mastery over multiple languages

Aung San Suu Kyi was noted as having a talent for learning languages. She speaks four languages: Burmese, English, French and Japanese.

4Her mother and the Indian connection

Suu Kyi’s mother, Khin Kyi, gained prominence as a political figure in the newly formed Burmese government. She was appointed Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960, and Aung San Suu Kyi followed her there. She studied in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi, and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964.

5Trespass incident

On 3 May 2009, an American man, identified as John Yettaw, swam across Inya Lake to her house uninvited and was arrested when he made his return trip three days later. He had attempted to make a similar trip two years earlier, but for unknown reasons was turned away. He later claimed at trial that he was motivated by a divine vision requiring him to notify her of an impending terrorist assassination attempt.

Source: Wikipedia


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