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English-Translated Manga on Nobel Winner Suu Kyi

posted on 2008-06-27 13:17 EDT
Mizuha Akazu's 1994 manga on arrested activist re-published in Thailand

The publisher Negibose Thailand has translated and released Aung San Suu Kyi: Tatakau Kujaku (Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fighting Peacock), a Japanese manga that profiles the Nobel Peace Prize-winning democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the 1990 national elections in the southeast Asian country of Burma (now Myanmar). However, before Suu Kyi could assume the post of Prime Minister, the military government nullified the election and put her under house arrest. Suu Kyi has spent 13 of the last 18 years under house arrest or in prison. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts, and her fellow Nobel Prize winners and democracy activists continue to push for her release.

Mizuha Akazu drew the manga as part of Oakla Shuppan's series on Nobel winners in 1994. The manga has been been out of print for years in Japan, and it has never been released in English until Negibose Thailand picked up the title. The manga was published this month to mark Suu Kyi's 63rd birthday, and The Irrawaddy, a Thai news magazine created by Burmese journalists in exile, is hosting a PDF version for US$3.00 for individuals or for US$30.00 for organizations. (Irrawaddy staffer Neil Lawrence translated the manga.)

Source: The Irrawaddy


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