Aung San Suu Kyi: Politician, Prisoner, Parent
POLITICIAN • PRISONER • PARENT
A portrait of one of the most charismatic, but unknown, world leaders
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and crusader for democracy
in Myanmar, is once again behind bars. Her resounding victory at the polls, and re-election to office as civilian head of state, were overturned by the February 2021 military coup – a move with ruinous consequences.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been here before. The first half of her political career was spent under house arrest. But this time she has been disappeared into prison in Naypyidaw, following an array of charges clearly calculated to keep her out of politics and out of sight for the rest of her life. This time she is caught in a zero-sum game.
Once deified by the international community for her advocacy of democracy and human rights, yet later vilified for her denial of the Burmese military’s genocidal campaign against the Rohingya, Aung San Suu Kyi’s image survives largely untarnished within Myanmar. Her supporters refer to her as ‘Amay Suu’ (Mother Suu). Heir to the political and spiritual legacy of her father, General Aung San, independence hero and martyr, she remains the lodestar of nationalist aspirations, and matriarch for a nation in distress.
This book tracks Aung San Suu Kyi’s transformation from daughter of a national hero to materfamilias of Myanmar, placing her firmly within the context of the Burmese Buddhist notions of nationhood and motherhood and explaining her continuing role as the figurehead of the nation’s struggles. The result is a unique portrait of a living legend, rendered by a compatriot and contemporary, the novelist Wendy Law-Yone.
Decades spent spearheading the fight for democracy in Myanmar – following her father Aung San’s legacy as founder of the modern Burmese nation.
Having already spent half
her political career under house arrest, in December 2022, Aung San Suu Kyi
was sentenced to 33 years
To her exiled family and
Praise for Wendy Law-Yone’s Golden Parasol -
Gorgeous: vivid, precise and awash in remembered sunlight ― Independent on Sunday -
Sad, extraordinary and inspiring ― Wanderlust -
Captivating ― Asian Review of Books -
Magnificent… Delivers a riveting experience ― South China Morning Post -
Beautifully written with a keen sense of humour, the book is bound to be a classic ― Asia Times -