Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories Under the Burmese Regime

Paperback | March 28, 2014

EditorWen-Chin Chang, Eric Tagliacozzo

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This volume explores the life stories of ordinary Burmese by drawing on the narratives of individual subjects and using an array of interdisciplinary approaches, covering anthropology, history, literature, ethnomusicology, economics and political science. Burma is one of the most diversesocieties in Southeast Asia in terms of its ethnic composition. It has a long history of resistance from the public realm against colonial rule and post-independence regimes. However, its isolation for decades before 1988 deprived scholars of a close look into the many faces of this society.Looking into the life stories of members of several major ethnic communities, who hail from different occupations and are of different ages and genders, this book has a particular significance that would help reveal the multiplicities of Burma's modern history. The authors of this volume write aboutstories of their long-term informants, close friends, family members, or even themselves to bring out a wide range of issues relating to migration, economy, politics, religion and culture. The constituted stories jointly highlight the protagonists' survival strategies in everyday life thatdemonstrate their constant courage, pain and frustration in dealing with numerous social injustices and adversities. Through these stories, we see movement of lives as well as that of Burmese society.

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This volume explores the life stories of ordinary Burmese by drawing on the narratives of individual subjects and using an array of interdisciplinary approaches, covering anthropology, history, literature, ethnomusicology, economics and political science. Burma is one of the most diversesocieties in Southeast Asia in terms of its ethni...

Wen-Chin Chang is Associate Research Fellow at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a native of Tainan, Taiwan and a PhD graduate of the University of Leuven Belgium. Eric Tagliacozzo is Professor of History at Cornell University, and a PhD graduate of Yale University. Both have been working in Southeast Asian Studies for some...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199335044

ISBN - 13:9780199335046

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Eric Tagliacozzo and Wen-Chin Chang: Introduction: Burmese Lives in a Divided StateI. The Specter of Hardship1. Mandy Sadan: The Extra-ordinariness of Ordinary Lives2. Pascal Khoo-Thwe: The Kayan Padaung Community in Pekhon, Southern Shan State, BurmaII. Negotiating with the State3. Benedicte Brac de la Perriere: A Woman of Mediation4. Eric Tagliacozzo: Burmese and Muslim: Islam and the Hajj in the Sangha StateIII. Ways of Escape5. Hsin-chun Tasaw Lu: Recounting, Resistance, and Reflection: An Analysis of a Burmese Classical Musician's Narrative6. James Scott: Dr. U Tin Win, Escape ArtistIV. At Burma's Margins7. Maxine Boutry: The Maung Aye's Legacy: Burmese and Moken Encounters in the Southern Borderlands of Myanmar, 1987-20078. Wen-Chin Chang: By Sea and by Land: Stories of Two Chinese TradersV. Ethnicity and the Self9. Ma Thida: A Mixed Identity, a Mixed Career10. Karin Eberhardt: At the Community's Service: A Transformational Life11. Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung: From the "Loyal" to the "Revolutionary" Karen: Looking at Burma's Post-Independent Eras through the Life of Maung Sin Kye