Remembering June 23, 2011 when the Cultural Impact Studies Club (CISC) and (I) met Aung San Suu Kyi for a private gathering for over three hours in Rangoon.
by Daniel Opacki
The Cultural Impact Studies Club (CISC) was designed by a group of ex-political prisoners who shared a common purpose to educate and activate the younger students who were entering a politically aware age under the Burmese military dictatorship. The leaders of CISC were mostly from the 1996 Generation and were mostly in prison during the Saffron Uprising in 2007. They accepted all students regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion, and taught civic engagement and rule of law, networking, and citizenship. Today, they have several related organizations, the most popular being the Yangon School for Political Science. This groups of students was the catalyst in unifying the 88 Generation and other groups, and the newly released 88 Generation political prisoners and released prisoners from Saffron during the 2010 to 2012 period. They became a force to be reckoned with by the new leaders of Myanmar’s government, created and INGO for women’s rights and the Yangon School for Political Science. The Cultural Impact Studies club still exists today with some of its members now working directly for The Lady and NLD, running for political office and teaching Civics to all people across Myanmar.
Myat Ko escorting ASSK to meet CISC
A long session answering questions and talking to CISC students
Young politician Sit Maw (Karen) bending her ear
Politician Myat Thu, recently released from prison, has private meeting with The Lady
Students with Daniel (Advisor) and The Lady
Group photo concluding the event
A watercolor secreted to me by an artist in public in 2009 at Bogyoke Market