Festivalizing Thingyan, Negotiating Ethnicity: Burmese Chinese Migrants in Taiwan

  title={Festivalizing Thingyan, Negotiating Ethnicity: Burmese Chinese Migrants in Taiwan},
  author={Hsin-chun Tasaw Lu},
  journal={Journal of Burma Studies},
  pages={29 - 62}
  • H. Lu
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Burma Studies
Cultural performances at ethnic festivals in an immigrant context are often seen to represent the ideologies of ethnic identity tied to the performers' ancestral homeland. This article examines how Burmese people of Chinese descent (hereafter Burmese Chinese) in Taiwan negotiate their ethnic identity between pan-Burmese and pan-Chinese models as exemplified in their presentation of a Burmese festival called Thingyan. The author's objective is to pinpoint some issues in the representation of… 

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