Prof. Michael Aung-Thwin, Chair, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawaii
May 30, 2012
In recent months numerous reports on political developments in Burma have appeared in the international media. The April 1st by-elections in which the National League for Democracy (NLD), with the encouragement and leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, captured the open seats in a landslide causing much celebration both inside and outside Burma.
Dr. Michael Aung-Thwin, noted historian and long-time observer of Burma and its political landscape, will provide a unique perspective on recent developments in Burma. He will discuss the human and material factors as well as the events of the past and present that are responsible for the emergence and establishment of the Republic of Myanmar (Burma).
Dr. Aung-Thwin was born in Burma and spent many years in neighboring India as a youth, followed by scholarly work in Japan, Great Britain, and the United States. He currently chairs the University of Hawaii’s Asian Studies Program and has recently co-authored a book with his son Dr. Maitrii Aung-Thwin on A History of Myanmar since Ancient Times – “ . . . a stimulating, often pugnacious reading of the history of Myanmar” according to a review on the cover of the book.
Dr. Aung-Thwin has published widely on the origins of modern Burma including Myanma Pran: When Context Encounters Notion; The Mists of Ramanna: The Legend that was Lower Burma; and Myth and History in the Historiography of Early Burma, among others.