In general, Myanmar’s 2020 elections are worth the attention of people around the world, providing us with insights into how this critical transformation of ideology has taken place in the country. A future of a fully democratized Myanmar might still be distant, but with politicians like Aung San Suu Kyi, gradually improving of economic competitiveness, improved civil rights protections, and a growing civic consciousness, Myanmar’s road to democracy is by no means out of reach.
Whether it is a pandemic or terrorist attack, Ardern has distinguished herself both by her decisiveness when it comes to policy as well as through the warmth of her messaging. While her policy accomplishments in the past term can be described as modest, where Arden has been transformative is in her individual, often intuitive, conduct, and her COVID-19 crisis management suggests that she has all the tools to change the politics of the global north.
With many being asked to stay at home and unable to look for work, one would think the governments would implement relief programs to keep the economy running and support people unable to work. While many governments did offer some kind of relief money or package to their citizens, it was a very small amount, and only to those in the most precarious situations. Rather than appeal to the people’s collective conscience, many governments’ first step was to solidify military support before addressing their people, with generals behind them as they imposed new restrictions.
President Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to accepting the results of a free and fair election. Not only do his words illustrate his deep disrespect for the central tenets of US democracy, they also raise serious concerns over what might occur if the incumbent refuses to accept defeat.
While there is no shortage of pro-democrat content, Republicans, too, have racked up millions of views on videos using hashtags such as "trump2020," which has an impressive 11.9 billion views. Ironically, the very presidency that critiques China's authoritarian leadership is the same one attempting to violate their fundamental right to self-expression.
Our team organized an interview with Xiying Xu to talk about her article “Butterfly (2004) and Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Collective Movements” which will be featured in the Spring 2019 edition of Chrysalis. In her article, she compares the movie Butterfly to Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy movements.