Aung San Suu Kyi tells Harvard students: I'm no icon
CAMBRIDGE (REUTERS) - Myanmar pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi got celebrity treatment from students at Harvard University on Thursday, but insisted she was not an "icon."
"I don't like to be referred to as an icon, because from my point of view, icons just sit there," Ms Suu Kyi said during a lecture before an enthusiastic, overflow crowd at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"I would like you to think of me as a worker. I put a lot of faith in hard work. Even under house arrest, I had to work very hard to live a disciplined life. It was hard work... Please look upon me as a hard worker."
Ms Suu Kyi is on a 17-day tour of the United States (US) that included a meeting with President Barack Obama, the receipt of a US Congressional Gold Medal to recognise her efforts to promote freedom and democracy, and visits with Myanmar expatriates.