Aung San Suu Kyi is a Member of Parliament of the Union of Burma and is a founding member of the National League for Democracy. Early in her career, she worked in the office of the United Nations Secretariat in New York and was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for South East Asian Studies at Kyoto University and the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies in Simla. Following her return to Burma in 1988 and winning an election by popular vote, she was placed under house arrest until 1995, and again during 2000 to 2002 and 2003 to 2010. Aung San Suu Kyi has received more than 120 awards and honors internationally, including: Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, Norway, 1991); Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (India, 1995); Congressional Gold Medal (USA, 2008); Honorary Canadian Citizenship Parliament Hill (Ottawa, Canada, 2008); and Legion of Honor [Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur] (France, 2012).

In Aung San Suu Kyi's Own Words:

  • "The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear."
  • "You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.”
  • "If you're feeling helpless, help someone."
  • "If you do nothing you get nothing."
  • "Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up."
  • "More people, especially young people, are realizing that if they want change, they've got to go about it themselves."


 To view videos and highlights from Aung San Suu Kyi'e visit to Hawaii, visit this page