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BOOK LAUNCH | Mapping Chinese Rangoon by Dr Jayde Lin Roberts



Start Date

4 Aug 2016 5:30 pm

End Date

4 Aug 2016 6:30 pm

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The Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Asia Institute Tasmania invite you to attend a

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Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and Nation among the Sino-Burmese

Dr Jayde Lin Roberts

Book Cover - Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and Nation among the Sino-Burmese

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.

The book will be launched by Dr Andrew Selth. Andrew Selth is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, Brisbane, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University, Canberra. He holds a PhD in Asian studies from Griffith University, and degrees in history and international relations from the Australian National University (ANU). He has also been awarded a graduate diploma in strategic studies by the Australian Defence Force's Joint Services Staff College. Dr Selth has been studying international security issues and Asian affairs for over 40 years, as a professional diplomat, strategic intelligence analyst and research scholar. He has published six books and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and research papers, most of them about Burma (now Myanmar). His most recent major work was Burma (Myanmar) Since the 1988 Uprising: A Select Bibliography. Another book, entitled Burma, Kipling and Western Music: The Riff From Mandalay, is due to be released later this year.

Dr Jayde Lin Roberts
Dr Andrew Selth

Thursday 4 August 2016, 5.30pm to 6.30pm (launch and refreshments)

Law 132 Seminar Room, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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