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Beyond BordersStories of Yunnanese Chinese Migrants of Burma$
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Wen-Chin Chang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453311

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453311.001.0001

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Transcending Gendered Geographies

Transcending Gendered Geographies

Yunnanese Women Traders

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Beyond Borders

Wen-Chin Chang

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the social construction of gender inequality in relation to power distribution in both public and domestic spheres in Burma by focusing on the economic activities of Yunnanese women. It discusses the involvement of Yunnanese women in border trade, along with their entrepreneurship, familial obligations and sacrificial motherhood, and how their economic activities transgress borders. It also considers Yunnanese women's participation in jade trade, money-carrying and restaurant businesses, and in rotating markets. It shows that these women's practices reflect an ongoing process of shaping and reshaping “gendered geographies of power” while also simultaneously contesting and reproducing gender categories.

Keywords:   gender inequality, Burma, Yunnanese women, border trade, entrepreneurship, sacrificial motherhood, jade trade, rotating markets, power, gender categories

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