VOA Burmese Blog

May 28, 2010

Zoya Phan Interview

Filed under: Burma/ Myanmar,Feature Story,Interviews,Uncategorized — voaburmese @ 10:03 pm

Zoya Phan is a Karen refugee from Burma, and she came to the Voice of America studio to speak about her story. She is a well known exiled political activist, and she has written a book, Undaunted, which is an autobiography of her life.  Zoya was 14 years old when her village was burned to the ground by the military junta. She and her family fleed the village, and she later became a refugee in Thailand. She was given an opportunity to study in England, and has attributed her success to the education she received. In the two interviews, ( both in Burmese and English) , she discusses the importance of education.

As a leading activist for Burma, Zoya has met with many leaders, such as UK’s former prime minister, Gordon Brown. Zoya continues her struggle to get Burma its freedom, and is currently working for Burma Campaign UK.

Interview – English:

Interview- Burmese:



  1. Thank you for your commitment.

    Your memory of learning to swim is a powerful metaphor.

    I look forward to reading your book.

    Many of Karen and Karenni people have relocated to Minnesota and I have the joy of teaching English working at a school with many adult refugees. Is your book available in the Karen language? Or do you have an audio version (online?) of some of your chapters or stories in Karen? I would like to do a lesson with knowing your story first in Karen language and follow this with reading and listening to some stories in English. I’m always dreaming…

    Take care,


    Comment by Jennifer Miller — June 9, 2010 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you for your comment Jennifer. We haven’t heard of any books in the Karenni language from Zoya yet, but we will keep you posted. Best of luck to you and your students.
    – Kaye

    Comment by voaburmese — June 9, 2010 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

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