Lecture: "The Rohingya Question"

While the international community views the Rohingya exodus as a human rights and humanitarian crisis, many people in Myanmar are claiming that this is “fake news”. The people of Myanmar people are no longer living in the age of media censorship. The internet is now accessible and cheap. Yet the state-wide denial of the suffering of the Rohingya is growing. To understand this denial, we need to understand the narratives of the Burmese elites that shape the domestic framing of the Rohingya issue. Join special lecturer Eaint Thiri Thu (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota) as she discusses the three main narratives spread among Burmese elites, namely sovereignty/citizenship narratives, transition narratives, and Islamophobia narratives, and answers the question, "What elements do Myanmar elites use to rationalize their denial of the suffering of Rohingyas?"

Co-sponsored by NIU's Graduate Colloquium and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, this event is free and open to the public. BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED!


Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Watson Hall, 110
230 University Circle, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops, Graduate Colloquium



Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public



Center for Southeast Asian Studies, World Languages and Cultures
Contact Name

Tharaphi Than

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