Burma in the Context of Global Uprising against Militarized Violence

June 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Aruna Global South and YCAR

Burma In Context, 18 June 2021

In his response to a student in Burma asking for some consideration given the violence happening around them, a York University Math instructor wrote: “people don’t get shot for just protesting, but for a lot deeper reasons.” The reality is that people are randomly murdered by the security forces in Burma, with students and workers being particularly targeted, and people in Canada and the US are regularly murdered by the police for being black or indigenous. This instructor’s ignorance and insensitivity, however, highlight the global interconnections of militarized police violence.

This roundtable seeks to think about the situation in Burma conversation with the multiple uprisings against:
• murder of black and indigenous people by militarized police in the US and Canada
• crackdowns on democracy protesters in Hong Kong
• military violence against civilians and social movements in South Asia

Jasnea Sarma, National University of Singapore
Emily Hue, University of California Riverside
Aye Min Thant, Burmese-American journalist
Htet Thiha Zaw, University of Michigan

Moderator: Chu May Paing, Aruna Global South; University of Colorado Boulder

Free and open to public, especially academics working with international students and students with heritage ties to war-torn parts of the world.

This event is presented by Aruna Global South and YCAR. For more information, including panellists’ bios, click here.

Want to learn more about how you can address these issues in your daily academic lives?
A teach-in on policing in academic spaces and discussing ways that we can work to decolonize and promote anti-racism in academia will be held at a later date. Participants can have grounded, theoretical conversation, time direct reflection, and collective problem solving during the event. This event will be facilitated by Cultural Anthropologist and DEI Strategist Bailey Duhé. Those interested in participating should indicate this when RSVPing for the roundtable. More information is available here.

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