Half-cast: Staging race in British Burma

  title={Half-cast: Staging race in British Burma},
  author={Penelope B. Edwards},
  journal={Postcolonial Studies},
  pages={279 - 295}
  • P. Edwards
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Sociology
  • Postcolonial Studies
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