Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi in 2013, photo by Nadege/

Place of Birth: Rangoon, British Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar)

Date of Birth: 19 June, 1945

Ethnicity: Burmese

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author. She has been Chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, since 13 December, 2011, as well as State Counsellor of Myanmar, from 6 April, 2016 to 1 February, 2021; and Minister of the President’s Office, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, both, from 30 March, 2016 to 1 February, 2021. She was previously also General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, from 27 September, 1988 to 13 December, 2011, and Leader of the Opposition, from 2 May, 2012 to 29 January, 2016, among other duties. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991.

Her father, Aung San (born Htein Lin), was a Myanmar politician, revolutionary, nationalist, and founder of the Tatmadaw, and is considered Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar; he served as Premier of British Crown Colony of Burma, from 26 September, 1946 to 19 July, 1947; as well as General Secretary of Communist Party of Burma, from 15 August, 1939 to 1940, Minister of War in the State of Burma and Deputy Prime Minister, from 1 August, 1943 to 27 March, 1945, and President of the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League, from 27 March, 1945 to 19 July, 1947. Her mother, Khin Kyi, was a Burmese politician and diplomat.

She was married to British historian Michael Aris, until his death. The couple has two children, including activist Alexander Aris.

Her name Aung San comes from her father, Suu from her paternal grandmother, and Kyi from her mother.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s paternal grandfather was named U Phar. U is a title, meaning “uncle.”

Aung San Suu Kyi’s paternal grandmother was named Daw Suu. Daw is a title, meaning “aunt.”

Aung San Suu Kyi’s maternal grandfather was named Pho Hnyin.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s maternal grandmother was named Phwa Su.

Source: Genealogy of Aung San Suu Kyi –

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