By Wen-Chin Chang
The Yunnanese from southwestern China have for millennia traded all through upland Southeast Asia. Burma specifically has served as a "back door" to Yunnan, offering a sanctuary for political refugees and monetary possibilities for alternate explorers. because the chinese language Communist takeover in 1949 and next political upheavals in China, an unparalleled variety of Yunnanese refugees have fled to Burma. via a private narrative approach, past Borders is the 1st ethnography to target the migration historical past and transnational buying and selling reports of up to date Yunnanese chinese language migrants (composed of either Yunnanese Han and Muslims) who stay in Burma and those that have moved from Burma and resettled in Thailand, Taiwan, and China.
because the Nineteen Sixties, Yunnanese chinese language migrants of Burma have ruled the transnational exchange in opium, jade, and day-by-day intake items. Wen-Chin Chang writes with deep wisdom of this trade's association from the Sixties of mule-driven caravans to using smooth transportation, and she or he reconstructs buying and selling routes whereas studying embedded sociocultural meanings. those Yunnanese migrants’ mobility attests to the superiority of go back and forth not just by way of the privileged but additionally via other kinds of individuals. Their narratives divulge person existence tactics in addition to networks of connections, modes of transportation, and ameliorations among the reviews of guys and ladies. via touring they've got carried at the cellular livelihoods in their predecessors, increasing overland alternate past its ancient borderlands among Yunnan and upland Southeast Asia to trips additional afield through land, sea, and air.
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