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Mapping Chinese Rangoon is both an intimate exploration of the Sino-Burmese, people of Chinese descent who identify with and choose to remain in Burma/Myanmar, and an illumination of twenty-first-century Burma during its emergence from decades of military-imposed isolation. This spatial ethnography examines how the Sino-Burmese have lived in between states, cognizant of the insecurity in their unclear political status but aware of the social and economic possibilities in this gray zone between two oppressive regimes.

For the Sino-Burmese in Rangoon, the labels of Chinese and Tayout (the Burmese equivalent of Chinese) fail to recognize the linguistic and cultural differences between the separate groups that have settled in the city—Hokkien, Cantonese, and Hakka—and conflate this diverse population with the state actions of the People’s Republic of China and the supposed dominance of the overseas Chinese network. In this first English-language study of the Sino-Burmese, Mapping Chinese Rangoon examines the concepts of ethnicity, territory, and nation in an area where ethnicity is inextricably tied to state violence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Editors, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Walking toward Understanding
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Chapter One: Hybrid Chinese Places in a Former Colonial Capital
  2. pp. 23-50
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  1. Chapter Two: The Hokkien Kuanyin Temple as a Center of Belonging
  2. pp. 51-70
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  1. Chapter Three: Chinese Schools and Chineseness
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. Chapter Four: Sino-Burmese Commerce and City Mart
  2. pp. 91-110
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  1. Chapter Five: Chinese New Year and Public Space
  2. pp. 111-134
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  1. Conclusion: Ghosts and Uncertainties
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 147-180
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. Further Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295806594
Related ISBN
9780295996677
MARC Record
OCLC
949276298
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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