British Museum
Thu 25 Jan 2024
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Aung San Suu Kyi in a time of transition image

Join contemporary Burmese writers as they consider the role of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the changing political landscape of post-Independence Myanmar.
Acclaimed Burmese-American author, Wendy Law-Yone, will explore the role of Aung San Suu Kyi as a symbol of political ‘transition’. Dr Ma Thida, who worked as an assistant in Aung San Suu Kyi’s 1990 general election campaign, will discuss post-Independence politics with a focus on politician and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The event will give a rare overview of how Myanmar has reached its current political state, ruled as it is by a military dictatorship, which jailed Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted her government in a coup in February 2021. Joining these two Burmese voices is Melissa Carlson, a specialist in the development of Burmese modern and contemporary art, who will show how art has been a means of articulating changing political messages since independence from British colonial control in 1948.