Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Burmese Community in San Francisco

University of San Francisco to Confer Honorary Doctorate on Suu Kyi for her Nonviolent Actions in Pursuit of Democracy

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 26, 2012)

Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, renowned Burmese opposition leader and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma, will reunite with the Burmese community of the Bay Area during a town-hall style meeting at the University of San Francisco’s War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9:15-10:45 a.m.

During this town-hall meeting, Suu Kyi will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco in recognition for her years of extraordinary work giving voice to the marginalized and strength for the oppressed. After accepting the honorary degree, Suu Kyi will address the audience and answer questions from the community. The ceremony will be streamed live.

“We are looking to our beloved leader for guidance on how we can contribute to rebuilding our country,” said Htain Linn, a member of the Bay Area Burmese community working on the Sept. 29 event. “Daw Suu inspires our long awaited dream of freedom.” The Bay Area Burmese community is among the largest in the United States and home to many democracy activists.

“USF is honored to serve as the home for this event working in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Area Burmese community to shine a ray of light on Burma at this pivotal moment in its history,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.

In December 2007, the University honored the Buddhist monks of Burma at a commencement ceremony with an honorary doctorate for their courage, compassion, and commitment in seeking to protect the human and democratic rights of the Burmese people in the face of a harshly brutal military dictatorship. It was this proven commitment to social justice that led the local Burmese community to select USF as the venue location for this historic visit by the 67-year-old Nobel laureate, who spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing military rule. This trip to the United States marks her first return since she worked at the United Nations in New York City from 1969 to 1971.

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Journalists interested in covering the Sept. 29 community meeting at USF or submitting a question for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, must register by Thursday, Sept. 27 by contacting Wai Phyo at (415) 577-6505 or wphyoe29@gmail.com or Anne-Marie Devine at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu. Only registered media will be admitted. USF’s War Memorial Gymnasium is located at 2335 Golden Gate Avenue (at Roselyn Terrace) in San Francisco.

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