What a pleasing photo from Smithsonian magazine:
Photo by: SauKhiang Chau (Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia); Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
It’s supposed to be me. I wish people wouldn’t make busts or posters of me, it is a very strange thing to be looking at yourself all the time. It’s not like this at my house, I promise you. I have pictures of my children.
— Aung San Suu Kyi, when asked by the Guardian’s Jack Davies about a golden bust behind her at the headquarters of the National League for Democracy (NLD). According to the reporter, “images of her are everywhere: on posters, calendars and pamphlets, T-shirts, necklaces and earrings.”
(photo: Activists from the Free Burma Coalition holding masks depicting Aung San Suu Kyi in front of the Myanmar embassy in Manila. (photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Platon’s Portraits of Exile
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
“Sometimes we feel fed up of, you know, struggle in this. But then we see our friends’ faces who are sitting in jail. That’s why we are going on, and we will go on this way.”
The New Yorker recently posted this stunning photograph and video of Ashin Issariya, “known as King Zero, who co-founded the All Burma Monks’ Alliance and was central in the 2007 ‘saffron revolution.’”
The Buddhist leader shares why he continues to resist in the following video:
You should check out the full set of 13 photographs and accompanying videos on the magazine’s website.