How in Myanmar “National Races” Came to Surpass Citizenship and Exclude Rohingya

  title={How in Myanmar “National Races” Came to Surpass Citizenship and Exclude Rohingya},
  author={Nick Cheesman},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Asia},
  pages={461 - 483}
  • Nick Cheesman
  • Published 15 March 2017
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Asia
ABSTRACT The idea of “national races” or taingyintha has animated brutal conflict in Myanmar over who or what is “Rohingya.” But because the term is translated from Burmese inconsistently, and because its usage is contingent, its peculiar significance for political speech and action has been lost in work on Myanmar by scholars writing in English. Out of concern that Myanmar’s contemporary politics cannot be understood without reckoning with taingyintha, in this article I give national races… Expand
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