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Spotlight on Myanmar

Monday July 12, 2021
18:30 - 19:30
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In February, Myanmar’s military staged a coup after alleging electoral fraud in the country’s 2020 elections and arresting elected leaders. In doing so, it ended a period of democratic reform that had transformed Myanmar’s landscape post-2010. The military has since embarked on a brutal campaign, committing over 4000 arrests and over 800 deaths. These actions have led to mass protests across the country and the formation of a parallel government by exiled leaders. Myanmar faces ongoing political instability, a crippled economy, and an escalating humanitarian emergency. Furthermore, this political crisis takes shape amidst a historical backdrop of wealth inequality, undereducation, and ethnic divisions. Located at the heart of Asia, Myanmar’s situation also presents a concern for regional stability.

What are the political and economic implications of Myanmar’s situation? What role can the region and international community play in addressing the crisis? What human security issues do the people face? This Spotlight will feature Dr Htwe Htwe Thein and Dr Jie Chen—who bring in-country and regional perspectives on Myanmar—and will be chaired by Dr Chris Lin. The event will also pay homage to Burmese writers who have been detained or killed during the protests by featuring readings of their work.

Presented by PEN Perth.

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Htwe Htwe Thein

Dr Htwe Htwe Thein is an Associate Professor in International Business at the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University, where she has been teaching during the last 16 years specialising in management in Asia, international business, and cross-cultural interactions. Her research is interdisciplinary and examines the role of responsible business in building sustainable business and society, especially in developing countries like Myanmar. Dr Thein’s international reputation is evidenced in invitations and collaborations, and expert commentary in leading international media and press. 

Jie Chen

Dr Jie Chen is an Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia, specialising in the politics and international relations of Greater China. He currently leads an international research project funded by The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to investigate Taiwan’s potential role in China’s cause of democratisation. His most recent book is The Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement: Assessing China’s only Open Political Opposition (2019).

Chris Lin

Chris Lin completed his PhD in English at the University of Western Australia where he continues to work as a learning adviser. Chris is a keen contributor to the Perth arts community and has hosted events for the Perth Writers Festival, the Australian Short Story Festival, and the Centre for Stories. He serves on the committee for PEN Perth, advocating for persecuted writers in the Asia-Pacific. Passionate about international affairs and human rights, Chris is currently working to promote awareness and conversation around the crisis in Myanmar.

Venue
Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
Centre for Stories is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking
Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen Street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Access
Wheelchair access is provided. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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