Posts tagged Aung San Suu Kyi

Sustaining Myanmar’s Transition: Ten Critical Challenges
Myanmar’s leaders face a range of challenges that will test their capacity and threaten the durability of the country’s transition. Asia Society report launch event on Wednesday, June 26.
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Sustaining Myanmar’s Transition: Ten Critical Challenges

Myanmar’s leaders face a range of challenges that will test their capacity and threaten the durability of the country’s transition. Asia Society report launch event on Wednesday, June 26.

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Can Aung San Suu Kyi Follow in the Footsteps of Walesa, Havel and Mandela?
It is altogether possible that Aung San Suu Kyi will soon march in the footsteps of other remarkable dissenters-turned-rulers, writes Asia Society’s Tom Nagorski.
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Can Aung San Suu Kyi Follow in the Footsteps of Walesa, Havel and Mandela?

It is altogether possible that Aung San Suu Kyi will soon march in the footsteps of other remarkable dissenters-turned-rulers, writes Asia Society’s Tom Nagorski.

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Aung San Suu Kyi for President in 2015?
If Aung San Suu Kyi succeeds in amending Myanmar’s constitution so that she can run for president, she’ll undoubtedly become the frontrunner in 2015. But she still could face stiff competition from current President Thein Sein, according to Asia Society’s Suzanne DiMaggio.
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Aung San Suu Kyi for President in 2015?

If Aung San Suu Kyi succeeds in amending Myanmar’s constitution so that she can run for president, she’ll undoubtedly become the frontrunner in 2015. But she still could face stiff competition from current President Thein Sein, according to Asia Society’s Suzanne DiMaggio.

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Photos: In Legal Limbo, Myanmar Refugees in Thailand Eke Out a Living at Trash Dump

Photographer Jacques Maudy, who has photographed the heritage buildings of Yangon, Myanmar, recently crossed the border into Thailand to document the hardscrabble lives of Burmese refugees there.

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Asia Must ‘Seize the Momentum’ of International Women’s Day
In the fast-changing Asia-Pacific region, dramatic improvements in women’s rights have taken place. But many challenges still remain.
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Asia Must ‘Seize the Momentum’ of International Women’s Day

In the fast-changing Asia-Pacific region, dramatic improvements in women’s rights have taken place. But many challenges still remain.

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Photos: From Linsanity to Galloping Gangnam, a Look Back at Asia in 2012

It was a year of many firsts in Asia in 2012.

Asia Society Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani to win an Oscar. The Swedish Academy made Guan Moye, better known by his pen name Mo Yan, became the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. President Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar. And “Linsanity” swept over Asia as Jeremy Lin became the first American of Taiwanese descent to play for the NBA.

Speaking of sports, it was also a year of Asian athletes sweeping up a significant number of medals at the Summer Olympics in London — amid a few controversies. Meanwhile, a more serious scandal engulfed Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai. In another political development, meanwhile, Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi made her first visit to the United States in more than 40 years.

And who could forget the galloping dance moves that took over not just Asia, but seemingly the entire world, with the release of Psy's “Gangnam Style” video?

Here’s a look at all those moments and more from Asia in 2012.

Poll: Who Was Asia’s Person of the Year in 2012?


Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) and legislator Aung San Suu Kyi (R) speaking at Asia Society events in 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi was last year’s winner of our reader poll for Asia’s Person of the Year — will her countryman take her spot this year? (Kenji Takigami/Joshua Roberts)

Who grabbed the headlines in Asia in 2012? What Asia-related people made waves? Who, for better or worse, had the biggest impact during the past calendar year?

We want you to tell us — please vote below in 2012’s version of our (unscientific and unofficial) reader poll for Asia’s Person of the Year.

For 2012 we have selected 12 nominees from all walks of life, and you can read their descriptions below. Now, we are well aware that Asia is a huge place, filled with billions of people. Undoubtedly many deserving names failed to make this list (including newly anointed leaders like Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe and Park Geun-hye — we figured we’d check back in on them next December).

This is why you are welcome to write-in your own candidates, as well. We encourage you to do so.

Last year’s runaway winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is nominated once again this year. Can she repeat? It’s up to you. Place your vote!

Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar)
Bo Xilai (China)
Chen Guangcheng (China)
Aamir Khan (India)
Imran Khan (Pakistan)
Kim Jong Un (North Korea)
Jeremy Lin (United States)
Mo Yan (China)
Psy (South Korea)
Vinod Rai (India)
Thein Sein (Myanmar)
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)

What Were the Five Most Watched Asia Society Videos in 2012?
What videos from Asia Society did you find most interesting in 2012? A look back at the five most watched videos from Asia Society. From music to politics to robotics, our viewers’ tastes ran the gamut.
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What Were the Five Most Watched Asia Society Videos in 2012?

What videos from Asia Society did you find most interesting in 2012? A look back at the five most watched videos from Asia Society. From music to politics to robotics, our viewers’ tastes ran the gamut.

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The fact that so many Asian countries have accepted women as political leaders and heads of state long before Americans have managed to put a woman in the White House has led some observers to believe that it must mean Asian societies are ahead of the Western world in accepting women in leadership roles. The truth is far more complex than the simplistic observation that this automatically means women will benefit from such role models at the pinnacle of their power. In the case of Park, she may have earned the position on her own merits more than other female counterparts, but that doesn’t mean her leadership will bode well for women’s rights in South Korea or the region during her tenure.

South Korea’s New President May Be Female, But She is No Women’s Rights Crusader

As Park Geun-hye becomes the latest Asian female head of state, Vishakha Desai wonders what, if anything, this means for women’s issues in the region.

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Revealed: The Asian ‘Global Thinkers’ Who Made Foreign Policy’s Top 100 List of 2012
In 2012, Asia Society hosted several of the global thinkers ranked on the latest annual Foreign Policy list.
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Revealed: The Asian ‘Global Thinkers’ Who Made Foreign Policy’s Top 100 List of 2012

In 2012, Asia Society hosted several of the global thinkers ranked on the latest annual Foreign Policy list.

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