Here is information about their wedding, children, and marriage.
Fast Marriage Facts - Michael and Suu Kyi:Wedding Date: January 1, 1972.
First Marriage: Yes.
Marriage Ended: March 27, 1999 when Michael died.
Did You Know?In June 2012, on her first visit to the United Kingdom since 1988, Suu Kyi was finally able to visit Michael's grave.
Michael Vaillancourt Aris: March 27, 1946 in Havana, Cuba.
When Myanmar authorities refused to allow Michael to visit Suu Kyi,
"she refused to leave to visit him for fear that she would not be allowed to return to her country."
Source: Seth Mydans, Liz Robbins. "Burmese Dissident Is Freed After Long Detention." NYTimes.com. 11/13/2010 .
How Michael and Suu Kyi Met:
Barbara Victor: "What happened next in Suu's life could be attributed only to that moment in any woman's life when she realizes that she is in love. As she found herself missing Michael more and more, she realized that a career at the United Nations, however prestigious, would never be as satisfying as becoming his wife and the mother of his children ... In 1971, Daw Suu Kyi left for Burma on home leave. Stopping in India to visit friends, she continued on to Bhutan to see Michael. It was during that visit that the couple decided to marry."
Source: Barbara Victor. The Lady: Aung San Suu Kyi: Nobel Laureate and Burma's Prisoner. 2002. pg. 51.
"She agreed to wed Dr. Aris on the provision that he would understand that she must return to Burma, if her people needed her."
Source: "Suu Kyi's Husband Dies." BBC.co.uk. 3/27/1999.
- Alexander Aris: Born in 1973 in London, England.
- Kim Aris: Born in 1977 in Oxford, England.
It took 20 years, but Aung San Suu Kyi delivered her Nobel lecture on June 16, 2012 in Oslo, Norway.
Michael: Senior research fellow in Tibetan and Himalayan studies at St Antony's College at Oxford University, author, lecturer.
Quotes About the Marriage of Suu Kyi and Michael Aris:
Source: Aung San Suu Kyi. Freedom From Fear and Other Writings: Revised Edition. 1996. pg. xix.
Michael: "The days I spent alone with her [Suu] that last time, completely isolated from the world, are among my happiest memories of our many years of marriage. It was wonderfully peaceful ... I produced Christmas presents I had brought one by one to spread them out over several days. We had all the time in the world to talk about many things. I did not suspect this would be the last time we would be together for the forseeable future."
Source: Aung San Suu Kyi. Freedom From Fear and Other Writings: Revised Edition. 1996. pgs. xxv-xxvi.
Michael: "It was a quiet evening in Oxford, like many others, the last day of March 1988. Our sons were in bed and we were reading when the telephone rang. Suu picked up the phone to learn that her mother had suffered a severe stroke. She put the phone down at once and started to pack. I had a premonition that our lives would change for ever."
Source: Aung San Suu Kyi. Freedom From Fear and Other Writings: Revised Edition. 1996. pg. xvii.
According to close friends, Mr. Aris was unflinchingly supportive of his wife's decision and never once complained that she should abandon the mission and come home.
Source: Warren Hoge. "Michael V. Aris, 53, Dies; Scholarly Husband of Laureate." NYTimes.com. 3/30/1999.