By Wen-Chin Chang
The Yunnanese from southwestern China have for millennia traded all through upland Southeast Asia. Burma particularly has served as a "back door" to Yunnan, offering a sanctuary for political refugees and financial possibilities for exchange 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 reviews of latest Yunnanese chinese language migrants (composed of either Yunnanese Han and Muslims) who live in Burma and people who 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 alternate 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 glossy transportation, and she or he reconstructs buying and selling routes whereas studying embedded sociocultural meanings. those Yunnanese migrants’ mobility attests to the superiority of shuttle not just by means of the privileged but in addition by way of other forms of individuals. Their narratives divulge person existence tactics in addition to networks of connections, modes of transportation, and alterations among the studies of fellows and girls. via touring they've got carried at the cellular livelihoods in their predecessors, increasing overland alternate past its old borderlands among Yunnan and upland Southeast Asia to trips additional afield by means of land, sea, and air.
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