Aung San Suu Kyi and the revolution of the spirit
Speaker(s): Peter Popham
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
Recorded on 1 December 2011 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.
Twenty-three years after an uprising involving millions, and 21 years after elections which Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won by a landslide, Burma remains in the grip of the military regime, now ruling through pseudo-democratic proxies. Has the 'Oxford housewife's' so-called 'revolution of the spirit' been a complete wash-out? What lessons does Burma's bleak recent history hold for the rest of the world?
This event celebrates the publication of Popham's new book The Lady And The Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Peter Popham has toured Burma as an undercover journalist several times since his first visit to the country in 1991. A foreign correspondent and commentator with the Independent newspaper, he covered South Asia (including Burma) for a period in the late 90s. Popham interviewed Suu Kyi when she was released from house arrest in 2002, and met her again in 2011.