Published January 28, 2013
SEOUL, South Korea – 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.