Chinese in Colonial Burma

A Migrant Community in A Multiethnic State

  • Yi Li

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Yi Li
    Pages 1-19
  3. Coming to Burma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Yi Li
      Pages 23-61
  4. Being Burmese Chinese

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Yi Li
      Pages 111-145
    3. Yi Li
      Pages 147-177
    4. Yi Li
      Pages 179-219
    5. Yi Li
      Pages 221-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-262

About this book


Using previously unexplored archives from colonial institutions and individuals, and primary materials produced by the Burmese Chinese, this comprehensive study investigates over a century of history of the Burmese Chinese under British colonial rule. Due to the peculiar position of Burma in the British imperial world and the Southeast Asian Chinese network, the Chinese community had a unique experience in a Southeast Asian colony governed by Europeans with an India-based system. This book reveals, through everyday life experience, prominent community figures, and milestone events, the internal rivalry and integration among different regional groups within the community, and the general impressions it left in contemporary observations and communal memories. The book also traces historical roots of some unsolved ethnic issues in present-day Myanmar.


Rise of Nationalism and Anti-Colonialism The Notion of Ethnic Chinese Remaining Politically Silent The Rangoon Vice Chinese Activities in Colonial Burma Merchants of the Empire Chinese Commercial Operations Colonial Burma Burnese Chinese Chinese empire history history of literature migrant noise writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Yi Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History, SOASUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53701-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-51900-9
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