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2012-04-12

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon (now named Yangon).

She is the daughter of the country's independence hero, General Aung San.
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.

1940 Went underground due to arrest warrant issued by the British government.

August 1940 Left for Burma and reached Amoy, China and later to Tokyo, Japan.

February 1941 Came back to Burma with offer of arms and money support from the Japanese for uprising.

1941 Arrived in Japan for military training together with the first batch of the Thirty Comrades.

December 1941 Founded Burmese Independence Army (BIA) in Bangkok, Thailand with the help of the Japanese and became chief-of-staff Major-General Aung San (a.k.a. Bo Teza).

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, New Delhi and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964.

Suu Kyi continued her education at St Hugh's College, Oxford, obtaining a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1969. After graduating, she lived in New York City with a family friend and worked at the UN for three years, primarily on budget matters, writing daily to her future husband, Dr. Michael Aris.

 In 1972, Aung San Suu Kyi married Aris, a scholar of Tibetan culture, living abroad in Bhutan.
She earned a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1985.


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