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Myanmar Diaspora and the Milk Tea Alliance: Gen Z and Global Activism

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Featuring founding members of the Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy and Myanmar activists residing within the Diaspora.


Meet the young woman activists from Myanmar who came together and galvanized community action among the Myanmar Diaspora in the wake of the February 1st coup. By leveraging their personal and professional experiences, they managed to connect Myanmar’s resistance to similar movements across Asia and expand the Burma Spring Revolution beyond the country’s borders.


Join the panelists as they discuss how they consolidate various generations of activists for Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement on an unprecedented global and virtual scale; utilize their professional expertise to advocate for international action; and harvest the energy of the Milk Tea Alliance, a term that describes the collective pro-democracy movements across Asia.


Panelists:


Me Me Khant

Me Me Khant, a poet, diaspora activist, and former Students' Union Leader from Yangon, has been at the forefront of opposition to the abuses of the Myanmar military, including the atrocities against the Rohingya. She has mobilized thousands of activists from the Burmese diaspora in rallies and protests around the globe. Me Me is pursuing a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford University.


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Sandra Mon

Sandra Mon, MSPH, is a Senior Research Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A Burmese citizen and epidemiologist, Sandra's research centers on the intersection of disease dynamics, human rights, and comparative politics in Southeast Asia. She is an incoming PhD student at the University of Oxford through the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, studying HIV phylogenetics.


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Jan Jan Maran

Jan Jan Maran is a first-generation Kachin-American student majoring in Global Affairs at George Mason University. She previously served as Co-lead of the Burma Committee for STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities, and founded and served as President of the STAND at Mason chapter at her school. She continues to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Kachin Alliance, Burma Policy Lead for Action Corps, , and is Co-Founder of the Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy. 


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Sandra Kong

Sandra Kong is Co-Founder of the Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy (GM4MD) and Student Representative of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B. She is pursuing a Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University.


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Moderated by Kenneth Wong.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States