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Suu Kyi to visit largest Burmese community in US

Burmese natives living in the San Francisco bay area said Aung San Suu Kyi will visit there on Sept. 29 during her US tour.
National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi at NLD headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, after a central executive committee meeting on Friday, August 24, 2012. Photo: Hein Htet / MizzimaShe is expected to attract thousands of people, many of them Burmese exiles who make up the largest concentration of Burmese population in the US, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, which counted more than 8,500 area residents who describe themselves as Burmese.

The invitation to visit was made by Santa Clara software engineer Yasmin Vanya when she visited Burma this spring and met with the Burmese leader.

“I said 'please come to America, and please come to the Bay Area.” She said, “not now, but maybe sometime in the future,” said Vanya, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News this week.

The US State Department is sponsoring Suu Kyi's travel to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 19 to pick up the Congressional Gold Medal lawmakers awarded her in 2008 while she was still under house arrest.

The State Department said Suu Kyi would be invited for bilateral meetings with government officials.

Suu Kyi might also visit other Burmese hubs including Fort Wayne, Ind., Los Angeles and New York City, where she lived in her 20s while working for the United Nations.

The Atlantic Council will present Suu Kyi its Global Citizen Award recognizing “visionary global leaders” on Sept. 21 in New York.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:52 )  

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