Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar:A Review of the Lady's Biographies
- Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs
- ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
- Volume 29, Number 2, August 2007
- pp. 359-376
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It is an undeniable fact that Aung San Suu Kyi has played a critical role in the political development of Myanmar since late 1988 and will remain a very important political figure in the near-term future. Accordingly, those who want to understand Myanmar politics will have to understand her personality, her political philosophy and her role in the political life of the country. Biographies written by Barbara Victor and Justin Wintle detail Suu Kyi's life as the offspring of a national hero, a loving wife and a pro-democracy leader. However, the readers of these two books must understand that there are several myths associated with the political deadlock in Myanmar. While the two authors do mention them, they sometimes confuse rumours for facts. The purpose of this review essay is to provide some context absent from these two books, and identify missing links in some of the issues discussed.