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Featured 2017 ASI Graduate: Hniang Sung

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Hniang Sung or Mary, as she is fondly called, is one of ASI’s outstanding graduates for school year 2016-2017.  She has been a student of ASI for five years.  First, she took up Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) in ASI, during which, she participated in the International Diploma Course in Community Development (IDCCD).

She used to be a staff of Karuna Myanmar Social Solidarity (KMSS), a branch of Caritas Internationalis, dedicated to social services and development among marginalized sectors.

As a student of social work, Mary continued on with her Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) in ASI.  She was impressed with the situation the multiple roles women assume in Philippine society as compared to her country, Myanmar, where women have no rights to inheritance from the parents.  Generally, they do not have a voice in society.

However, there are distinguished women personalities in Myanmar, who, like the State Councilor, Aung San Suu Kyi, have passionately worked for the preservation and protection of women’s rights.  She has become aware of her experience how men in all fields are given more preference than women.  This is the rationale of doing a thesis entitled, “A phenomenological study of self-empowered Chin women from Chinland in Myanmar.”

The Bishop of Hakha Diocese would like Mary to continue with the doctoral program in ASI which is PhD in Applied Cosmic Anthropology (PhD-ACA) in order to expand her reach not only within Chinland but the entire Myanmar.   As soon as she finish, she will be the first holder of a doctorate degree among the Catholics in Hakha Diocese.  ASI wishes Mary success in realizing her dream for the Chin society.

Mary shared: 

"For me, phenomenological research is a process of sharing one story among other stories and combining stories into one.  I am grateful to all my six co-researchers for their trust, time and humility and for their willingness to share their stories.  By sharing my own lived experiences, I encourage other students to consider the possibility of using phenomenology as a method in their study.

Through this study, I am grateful to every woman who has given the best in her lives and able to perform various roles in society.  I hope and pray for a brighter future of women especially in Chinland."

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