Seeing 'Karen' in the Union of Myanmar

  title={Seeing 'Karen' in the Union of Myanmar},
  author={Nick Cheesman},
  journal={Asian Ethnicity},
  pages={199 - 220}
Karen identity is problematic, as peoples known as 'Karen' do not share a common language, culture, religion or material characteristics. Most of the research on Karens has been conducted in Thailand, but the dominant 'pan-Karen' identity is a product of social and historical forces in Myanmar, where this study is focused. In the main part of this paper, I reveal the subjective criteria that have come to signify pan-Karen identity. My primary source material consists of internal literary… 
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