Chinese in Rangoon

Elaine L.E. Ho of the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore has contributed a new review of Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and Nation among the Sino-Burmese (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2017.1301983).

This book is authored by Jayde Lin Roberts  and the book is published by the University of Washington Press.

Ho observes that the book “fills a lacuna in knowledge on immigration and settlement in Myanmar (or Burma). While much academic attention has been paid to ethnic minority struggles in military ruled Myanmar, the situation of immigrant communities, such as the Sino-Burmese discussed in Jayde Roberts’ study, has been subsumed by the aforementioned scholarship.”

She says the book “is a valuable resource for readers seeking to understand how Myanmar has evolved politically and socially. The rich ethnographic vignettes that Roberts shares provide readers with rare insights from the perspective of the Sino-Burmese who are one of the key communities inhabiting and shaping the city of Rangoon. The book integrates knowledge from urban planning with that of cultural geography, and will appeal to readers seeking to deepen their understanding of Burma studies and/or overseas Chinese studies.”

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