By Christine Pagnani
“Extraordinary and inspirational”…these were emotions felt by all twenty-seven Met members and myself as we were warmly received by “The Lady,” as she is affectionately called by her devoted followers. Aung San Suu Kyi, elegant, intelligent and gracious, yet formidable enough to “move a dozen elephants” personally greeted each one of us at her residence on a glorious Sunday morning. She engaged in conversations including art, culture, theater (all in her favorite city Manhattan), public health, land reforms and of course, economics and government as we sipped tea on her veranda overlooking the river. Suu Kyi entered politics to work towards the democratization of her country… hoping to eliminate diversity and fear by empowering confidence in her people of Burma.
As we thanked “The Lady” and said our goodbyes, she walked the group, arm-in-arm with a Museum member, down the bougainvillea-lined driveway to the coach. January 22, 2012, was indeed a historic moment for all of us… it’s forever etched in my memory.