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Beyond Borders: Stories of Yunnanese Chinese Migrants of Burma

Wen-Chin Chang


The Yunnanese from southwestern China have for millennia traded throughout upland Southeast Asia. Burma in particular has served as a “back door” to Yunnan, providing a sanctuary for political refugees and economic opportunities for trade explorers. Since the Chinese Communist takeover in 1949 and subsequent political upheavals in China, an unprecedented number of Yunnanese refugees have fled to Burma. This book is the first ethnography to focus on the migration history and transnational trading experiences of contemporary Yunnanese Chinese migrants (composed of both Yunnanese Han and Muslims) ... More

Keywords: transnational trade, China, Yunnan, Yunnanese migrants, political refugees, Burma, Chinese Communism, jade, opium, transportation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453311
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wen-Chin Chang, author