The Political Crisis in Myanmar: Nuanced Perspectives on the Nation’s Past, Present, & Future

Liza Williams's picture
February 24, 2021
Colorado, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies


The Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder is hosting a variety of virtual events during the 2020-21 academic year. We invite you to join us for "The Political Crisis in Myanmar: Nuanced Perspectives on the Nation’s Past, Present, & Future." Details are below. All of our events are listed at


The Political Crisis in Myanmar: Nuanced Perspectives on the Nation’s Past, Present, & Future

Wednesday, February 24 at 9am MST

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Organized by Center for Asian Studies & Aruna Global South


Than Toe Aung is currently finishing his Masters in Critical Gender Studies at Central European University in Vienna, Austria. His thesis looks at the racist, sexist, and neo-colonial nature behinds sex tourism in the Global South. Interested in the intersection between activism, poetry, and writing, he started a poetry slam movement called “Slam Express” in his hometown Yangon in 2016. When he is not calling out white academics and INGO workers in Burma on their privileges, colonial attitudes and practices, he writes about the marginalization and oppression of Muslim minorities in Buddhist Burma. His interests also lie in identity, belonging, borders, migration, race, ethnicity, decolonization, (trans)gender, non-binary, and queer politics.

Ashley Aye Aye Dun is a writer and PhD candidate in English at Brown University. She specializes in Asian American studies and literature and gender and sexuality studies. In the past, she has been involved in diasporic activism concerning the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Burma/Myanmar. She is currently writing a dissertation on political turmoil and the notion of excess in Southeast Asian American literature. In general, women of color feminisms serve as a guiding ethos for her work.

Jangai Jap is a Ph.D. Candidate in the George Washington University’s Political Science Department. Her research interest includes ethnic politics, minority representation, public opinion, and Burma/Myanmar politics. Her dissertation aims to explain factors that shape ethnic minorities’ attachment to the state. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Judaic Studies from Yale University. She is originally from Kachin State and attended Burmese public school until 5th grade. 

Htet Thiha Zaw is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. His research interests lie in historical political economy, education, and formal theory. Substantively, He is interested in understanding the development of education policy in colonial-era Southeast Asia and its relationship with anti-colonial resistance, focusing on British Burma. Another line of his research explores topics in international education policy, such as education efficiency and early-childhood education.

In addition, we offer an additional event:

The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York

Thursday, February 18 at 4pm MST
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Professor Sienna Craig 
Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa 
Professor Carole McGranahan

How does kinship and tradition matter to migration? In The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York (University of Washington Press, 2020) anthropologist Sienna Craig (Dartmouth College) draws on over two decades of ethnographic research to ask how individuals, families, and communities care for each other and carve out spaces of belonging between the Himalayan kingdom of Mustang and the urban environs of New York City. Mustang has one of the highest rates of depopulation in contemporary Nepal, and in Brooklyn and Queens people from Mustang find themselves new neighbors to Sherpa, Tibetan, and other Himalayan communities as well as other immigrants from around the world. Joining author Sienna Craig in conversation about The Ends of Kinship are scholars Carole McGranahan (University of Colorado) and Pasang Yangjee Sherpa (University of Washington) who also work with communities stretched between the Himalayas and New York City.

Contact Info: 

Liza Williams
Event Coordinator
Center for Asian Studies, CU Boulder

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