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2 women with tragic family histories: Myanmar's Suu Kyi to meet South Korea's incoming leader

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    In this photo taken on Oct. 23, 2011, Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi poses by a painting of her father, Gen. Aung San, left, during an art exhibition at her National League for Democracy party headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar. Suu Kyi is scheduled to meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 during her five-day trip. The meeting between two of the most prominent woman figures in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history: Suu Kyi's father, Gen. Aung San, was killed by a group of assassins in 1947 while Park's, President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to supporters during a ceremony to mark National Day in Natmauk township, the native land of her late father Gen. Aung San in Magwe division, Myanmar. Suu Kyi is scheduled to meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 during her five-day trip. The meeting between two of the most prominent woman figures in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history: Suu Kyi's father, Gen. Aung San, was killed by a group of assassins in 1947 while Park's, President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012 file photo, Park Geun-hye, then-presidential candidate of the ruling Saenuri Party, burns incense in front of the tomb of her father and former authoritarian President Park Chung-hee at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea. Park is scheduled to meet Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, during Suu Kyi's five-day visit to South Korea. The meeting between two of the most prominent woman figures in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history: Suu Kyi's father, Gen. Aung San, was killed by a group of assassins in 1947 while Park's, President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979. (AP Photo/Newsis, File) KOREA OUT (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo, South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-hye bows in front of the grave of her father Park Chung-hee, the country's former dictator, at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea. Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader whose 2010 release from house arrest signaled the beginning of Myanmar's transition from decades of military rule, is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in Seoul with Park, who takes office next month as South Korea's first female president. The meeting between two of the most prominent women in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history: Suu Kyi's father, Gen. Aung San, was killed by assassins in 1947 while Park's, President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, File) (The Associated Press)

Both women lost their fathers to gunshots. Both also overcame that tragedy and rose to political prominence in countries where men dominate decision-making.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Seoul with South Korea's incoming President Park Geun-hye.

The meeting between two of the most prominent women in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history. Suu Kyi's father was a legendary independence hero who was killed by assassins in 1947. Park's father is former President Park Chung-hee, who was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979. Both women have benefited from the reputations of their fathers.

Suu Kyi is visiting South Korea to attend the opening of the Special Olympics and receive a human rights award.