What does “having it all” mean for you?
I think mainly about my daughter. I want to give her the safety—and I feel like living abroad might be safer and offer her a better education. I want my daughter to grow up in a developed country and attend school abroad. I recently inquired about going to school in Canada. It might possible to enroll her in a school and for me to apply for a resident’s permit. I have always wanted to settle in a foreign country but I haven’t been able to until now.
Tell me about being a lawyer.
I like being a lawyer because it requires me to learn all the time—about related subjects and about my country. For my daughter, being a lawyer provides a good image as a mother. Parents might work all kinds of jobs like vendors or shopkeepers. But I want to stand up as a role model of what a mother can be for my daughter. I’d say this is the main reason I like my job.
What it’s like to be a single mother in Myanmar?
Our society doesn’t like the idea of divorce. They don’t want us to be separated in Myanmar tradition. Usually people want to blame me—the woman’s side—saying that I was not good at maintaining the marriage. The truth is, [prior to the divorce] I had to take care of my daughter alone and faced so many challenges. For a while after I divorced her father, me and my daughter alone. Now we live with my mom and dad.