Books for the Study of Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi: Fearless Voice of Burma
By Whitney Stewart, Lerner Publications, Minneapolis,
A biography of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, appropriate
for grades 4-8. Includes photos of the 1988 uprising, Aung
San Suu Kyi and family, and daily life in Burma. Appropriate
for grades 5-12, 122 pages.
By Aung San Suu Kyi, Penguin Books, London, 1995.
The Nobel Laureate examines the long struggle against oppressive
military rule in Burma. Suu Kyi tells the story of modern
Burma, which is inextricably tied to her own history as the
daughter of a well-beloved independence hero, General Aung
San. Suu Kyi unexpectedly assumed the role of the leader of
the democracy movement when the Burmese people took to the
streets in 1988 to demand a resration of civilian rule. Includes
a forward by Vaclav Havel. Appropriate for grades 9-12, 374
Human Rights Watch World Report 2000, New York, Dec.
The chapter on Burma records the human rights situation in
Burma during the year 1999. Appropriate for grades 9-12.
Voices of Women in the Struggle
By Altsean Burma, 1998.
This multi-genre collection of written work by women from
Burma describes the hopes and anxieties of women, as well
as the personal sacrifices they are required to make, especially
the separation from their homelands and loved ones. Includes
a forward by Aung San Suu Kyi. Appropriate for grades 7-12.
The Struggle for Democracy and Freedom, A Resource Guide for
By American Federation of Teachers International Affairs
A collection of articles, resources, and curricular suggestions
for educators of grades K-12 who aim to introduce the study
of Burma in their classrooms.
Country in Crisis
The Burma Project of the Open Society Institute, New York,
Prepared by the Open Society Institute to provide an overview
of the current situation in Burma. The 12 sections in the
booklet examine the country through different lenses, from
the Human Rights situation to the Environment to Health and
Education. Includes a FAQ section and lists of resources.
Appropriate for grades 6-12, 26 pages.
in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948
By Bertil Lintner. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 1994.
This is recognized as the most authoritative book on the interrelationship
of drugs, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and politics in Burma.
Lintner drew on his extensive travels and meetings with rebel
commanders, ethnic leaders, and other key figue to present
a compelling picture of politcs and society in a poor and
bitterly divided country. Teacher background reading, 500
The Next Killing Fields?
By Alan Clements, Odonian Press, Berkeley, 1992.
Written by an American who traveled to Burma and interviewed
hundreds of Burmese citizens, this book examines modern Burma
through the eyes of ordinary people. Appropriate for grades
6-12, 95 pages.
By Gus Miclat, Gus, ed., Initiatives for International
Dialogue, Philippines, 1998.
The story of Burma told through the eyes of a young boy who
is a resistance soldier. Illustrated, appropriate for grades
By Edith Mirante, Grove Press, New York, 1995.
The story of an American womanÕs journey through rural Burma
in the 1990s, which led her to campaign for human rights in
Burma. Appropriate for grades 9-12.
By Mi Mi Khaing. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1962.
Written by a Burmese woman educated in Brittish schools, Mi
Mi Khaing paints a full portrait of Burmese daily life, inside
homes, schools, and monasteries in villages, towns, and cities.
She gives a comprehensive view of Burmese culture, including
Buddhist influences and the impact of Brittish colonization
on traditional Burmese society. Illustrated, appropriate for
grades 7-12. 200 pages.
Rights and the Environment
By Earthrights International, January 1997.
Presented to the Center for Human Rights at the United Nations
Office in Geneva in January 1997, this report examines Burma
as a case study to address abuses committed against indigenous
peoples and their natural environment. Appropriate for grades
with Hope: Burmese Women Working in the Sex Industry
By Images Asia, 1997.
"This report attempts to present and highlight the needs,
interests, and realities of undocumented migrant women from
Burma working as sex-workers in Thailand. We look at the lives
of women in Burma, the migration processes, processes of entry
into the sex industry, and factors which govern women's well-being
or suffering during the time of migration to Thailand."
- from Migrating with Hope. Appropriate for grades 8-12, 50
Childhood At All: Child Soldiers in Burma
By Images Asia, 1997.
A comprehensive report on the use of child soldiers by the
Tatmadaw, or Burmese military, within the context of militarization
of Burmese society as a whole. Contains testimony of child
soldiers and documentation by NGOs of human rights abuses
by the SPDC. Appropriate forgrades 8-12, 75 pages.
Voice of Hope: Conversations with Alan Clements
By Aung San Suu Kyi and Alan Clements, Seven Stories Press,
New York, 1997.
The transcripts of a series of conversations with American
journalist Alan Clements. Suu Kyi speaks about leadership
and power, truth and reconciliation, and illuminates the repression
the Burmese people are suffering under the military regime.
Appropriate for grades 8-12. 300 pages.
Moral Architecture of World Peace: Nobel Laureates Discuss
Our Global Future
By Helena Cobban, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville,
This book profiles nine world leaders, all Nobel Peace Laureates,
and is based on a dialogue between them at the University
of Virginia in November 1998. Though absent due to her ongoing
house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi was represented by Harn Yawnghwe,
who helps tell her story in a chapter titled, The Individual
and the Totalitarian State: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Question
of Human Rights in Burma.
of Jade: A Journey Through Insurgent Burma
By Bertil Lintner. White Lotus, Bangkok, 1990.
The first foreigner to cross northern Burma since the 1940s,
Lintner travels by foot, jeep, bicycle, and elephant to record
the stories of the armed revolutionaries fighting a civil
war against the Burmese military regime. His analysis of the
conflict raging in modern Burma emerges from a thorough account
of the similarities and differences among the ethnic people
he encounters on his journey. Appropriate for grades 11-12
and teacher background reading. 314 pages.
Faces of Change
Edited by Aaron Kenedi and Ed Miller, Thunder's Mouth
Press, New York, 2000.
In this book of portraits of world leaders, a chapter on Aung
San Suu Kyi is excerpted from an article written by Polish
journalist Anna Husarska. Though heavily edited, the chapter
provides an introduction to The Lady and the influence she
exerts over her followers. Appropriate for grades 9-12.
for Rape: The Burmese Military and Sexual Violence
By Betsy Apple, EarthRights International, 1998.
This report documents the strategies of the Burmese Military,
the Tatmadaw and its systemic use of rape. Written
in four parts, the report examines the Context for Rape, the
Structural Causes of Rape, the Perpetrators (the Tatmadaw
and its officers), and the Consequences of a Violent Culture.
Appropriate for grades 9-12 and teacher background reading.
Report by EarthRights International, May 2000.
This report is the second publication of a comprehensive investigation
intothe human rights abuses and environmental devastation
occuring in eastern Burma as a result of the Yadana and Yetagun
Pipeline construction, in which U.S.-based Unocal Corp. (among
others) has partnered with the junta. Based on interveiws
with hundreds of villagers who were forced to work on the
pipline, this report reveals the devastating complicity between
foreign corporations and the brutal Burmese regime. 180 pages.
Union of Burma: A Study of the First Years of Independence,
By Hugh Tinker. Oxford University Press, London, 1967.
Widely recognized as the standard work on Burma since independence,
this book chronicles the problem of building a nation out
of different peoples, races, languages, and religions which
have been long divided. This is a comprehensive study of the
building of modern Burma and the ways the country has faced
its many challenges. Teacher background reading. 425 pages.
in the Blood: Sex, Politics, and AIDS in Southeast Asia
By Chris Beyrer. Zed Books, London, 1998.
This book investigates the course of the HIV epidemic in 7
countries of Southeast Asia. Beyrer examines the inter-connected
forces facilitating the spread of HIV/Aids, including the
Heroin trade, sex workers, prisoners, HIV and the US military.
In a chapter on Burma, he shows how the denial of the epidemic
by the military forces has resulted in a full-scale crisis
that plagues not only its own citizens, but its neighbors
as well. He also examines public policy and the work of activists
to stem the crisis, and asserts the real possiblity for affirmative
World of Burmese Women
By Mi Mi Khaing. Zed Books, London, 1984.
The first study of Burmese women by a Burmese woman, this
books is a frank portrait of Burese women in all spheres of
life. It examines the basic question, Why has there not been
a womens movement of note in Burma?. Both sociological and
personal, this book brings to life the character, warmth and
wisdom of Burmese women. Appropriate for grades 9-12. 195
by Katrina Anderson, Global Source Education, 2001