Dinner, Speakers, Film,
Cultural Dances and Panel Discussion
9, 2013; 6pm-10pm
Organized by Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) co-sponsored by Burmese American Woman's Alliance (BAWA), Burma Education Fund, Burma Refugee Family Network, Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), Asian Society, Jelly Bean Film and Distribution, A Whisper To A Roar Film, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Build A School In Burma, Clear View Project, Community Partners International, Partners Asia, Ethical Traveler, Global Exchange (GX), Stanford STAND, Loas American National Alliance (LANA), United Ethnic Nationalities Association
“Burma: A Human Tragedy” FILM about Burma’s brutal oppression much of it still on going though reforms is taking place. We would like to remind every one on to forget Burma's recent past. The film would be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producer/co-director.
Speakers and Panelists
who have visited Burma and have witnessed the new realities, met with activists
and civil society groups would discuss about current reforms, its stake holders,
challenges and the what might 2015 election lead the country to with a special
focus on what we can do to help.
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is also the Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and a Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. He latest book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion. At Stanford University, Diamond teaches courses on democratic development. He has been focusing on Burma and last year the State Department send him to Burma last July to meet and teach democracy to civil society groups.
MIN ZIN: A leading freelance journalist on Burma and forma student activist in exiled / TITLE: "Burma at a Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities"
Min Zin is a regular contributor to The Foreign Policy’s Transition Blog. He also serves as Burma’s country analyst for several research foundations including Freedom House. He took part in Burma’s democracy movement in 1988 as a high school student activist, and went into hiding in 1989 to avoid arrest by the junta. His underground activist-cum-writer life lasted for nine years until he fled to Thai-Burma border in August 1997. His writings appear in The Foreign Policy, The Irrawaddy, The Bangkok Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He is now pursuing PhD in Political Science Department at University of California, Berkeley. He recently visited Burma the first time he fled the country 16 years ago and came back with strong opinion where the current reform might be heading to, challenges and the opportunities.
NYUNT THAN: Co-founder and chair of Burmese American Democratic Alliance / TITLE: "Changing Burma and The New Ways to Help"
Nyunt Than is the co-founder and the
current chair of the Burmese American Democratic (BADA,
www.badasf.org) who has been
active in the area for the past 15 years advocating freedom for the
people of Burma. He has been with BADA since its founding in 2001,
and all along he has been working with the communities, activists
and organizations to organize actions, campaigns and activities, and
also speaks about his work and the Burma. He recently
visited Burma for the first time since he left 20 years ago, and
reconnected with his families, friends and the institutions where he
studied. During his visit, he has also met with the activists and
organizations that inspire him to advocate for their courageous and
inspiring work in Burma. He has witnessed the much-changed Burma and
its new realities and also the new opportunities and possibilities
to help the country and its wonderful people in this digital age.