From her birth in 1945, Burma’s icon of democracy—and the daughter of its independence hero, Gen. Aung San—seemed destined for a life of duty. Following are key milestones in the life of Burma’s Nobel peace laureate and opposition leader.
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has remained a symbol of hope for Burma’s politically oppressed, despite having been imprisoned for much of the last 20 years.
Tens of thousands of refugees fled Burma as the ruling military junta clashed with minority ethnic rebels in the wake of hotly disputed Nov. 7 elections.
To better understand Burma, it is important to note the various ethnic groups that make up the country, once colonized by the British and now ruled by an iron fist military junta.
Key global powers and opposition parties in Burma say the country’s Nov. 7 polls lack legitimacy. The ruling military junta however contends the vote will promote democracy.
The Nam Theun 2 Dam is expected to help Laos eliminate proverty by 2010, but at what cost?
China, Vietnam, and the U.S. increasingly seek to assert naval influence in the South China Sea.
The United Nations Development Program recently selected a community forest initiative organized by Cambodian monks as one of 25 group recipients of the Equator Prize 2010, awarded for community efforts to reduce poverty through conservation.
The Don Sahong Dam is one of the projects planned for the lower Mekong River that is most debated by environmentalists because of its expected impact on fisheries.
A new exhibit in China’s capital shows the work of nearly 50 artists who have lived or currently reside in Tibet.
Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) caused the deaths of up to two million people. Now, several of its leaders are on trial, and the people of Cambodia are watching. (Please, come back often for regular updates.)
The 20th century witnessed mass murder on a previously unthinkable scale. But Khmer Rouge atrocities remain uniquely shocking in their brutality.
Test your tightrope walking skills. Be careful not to fall off! Leave your highest score in the comments section and challenge your friends.
Key events in Xinjiang—the site of a deadly ethnic clashes in July 2009—since 2008.
Communities on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake face a number of hardships, including poverty, floods, and a dwindling supply of fish.
Residents on the Mekong River in Thailand fight to permanently open the gates of the Pak Mun Dam.
A number of dams on tributaries of the Mekong River in Laos have had a controversial impact on the local population.
The massive Gulf oil spill has exacted a heavy price from some 5,000 Vietnamese fishermen.
A series of knife attacks against children in China has prompted increased security measures at schools around the country and raised concerns about mental health treatment.
See a timeline of critical events in Thailand’s 2010 political unraveling.
Thirty-five years after the fall of South Vietnam, an ex-war correspondent releases for the first time his photos of terrified refugees fleeing North Vietnamese troops who would only weeks later control the entire country.
A look back at Vietnam from 1954 to the present.
Chinese authorities plan to rebuild the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar to make it earthquake-proof, but a sanctuary of ancient Uyghur architecture and culture could be lost forever.
Test your knowledge about the Tonle Sap, dragon boat races, and fresh water dolphins in Cambodia.
Residents and rescue workers struggle to save those who survived a major earthquake in China's Qinghai province.
A resident of the Yushu Tibetan region in China's northwestern Qinghai province spent two days documenting the fallout from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake there. Warning: Contains disturbing images.
A small, persecuted Muslim ethnic minority—in Burma for centuries but denied citizenship by the ruling junta—finds itself vulnerable and unwelcome around the world.
Nural Islam, a top Rohingya leader, says his people are persecuted in Burma, and are unwanted as refugees in Bangladesh and in Southeast Asian countries.
An academic and an activist describe Burma’s harsh treatment of the Rohingya. They also provide accounts of conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Test your knowledge about dams, legends, and Chinese influence on the Mekong River in Thailand.