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Journal of Burma Studies
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.157
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ISSN (Print) 1094-799X - ISSN (Online) 2010-314X
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      Abstract: Cover: Illustration of a Lun-taya Acheik Htamein. Detail from a skirt made of pink and white silk, mid 20thcentury, Amarapura, Burma/Myanmar. Silk, metallic wrapped yard, cotton. Burma Art Collection, Center for Burma Studies, Northern Illinois University. Gift of Hugh C. MacDougall, collected by his wife Eleanor MacDougall between 1981 to 1984. BC2019.05.122.Photo credit: Chloe Insley, Northern Illinois University.This is a detail of a classical handwoven traditional Burmese silk htamein (a woman's wrap-around skirt) exemplifying a particular technique called lun-taya acheik: with regard to the usage of lun-taya (i.e., one hundred shuttles); and acheik (i.e., a complex geometric design comprised of interspersed ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-07-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Editor's Note

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      Abstract: Welcome to the first issue of The Journal of Burma Studies for 2022. The first article in this issue, "Ritual and Play in Buddhist Nun-Making: Girlhood, Nunhood, and the Shaping of the 'Little Teacher' in Today's Myanmar," by Rachelle Saruya, is a study of play in the context of Theravada Buddhist nunneries. By exploring the ways in which play, discipline and everyday lifeways intersect for these little girls, Saruya argues the ways in which play and categories of the lay can bring meaning and reinforcement to the monastic life and rituals.Moving from contemporary ethnographic accounts of young Buddhist girls to historical exploration and scholarship, Thanapas Dejpawuttikul's article, "From Archenemy of the Nation ... Read More
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  • Ritual and Play in Buddhist Nun-Making: Girlhood, Nunhood, and the Shaping
           of the "Little Teacher" in Today's Myanmar

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      Abstract: The electricity is out, and the candle's flickering light enables one to see the essence of the light pink robe draped across the young nun's shoulder.1 As the nun sits on the floor and chants different verses in a mixture of Pali and Burmese, her hands are clasped in a prayer gesture. The young nun's legs are bent to one side and her back is hunched forward. At times, she listens to the other nuns for a signal of what verse to chant next. The young nun nudges the child nun next to her to remind her that her chanting is too loud. She reacts, lowering her voice. The young nun tries not to notice the few child nuns making funny faces at each other or the nun who is nodding off. As the ending draws near, the nuns' ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-07-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • From Archenemy of the Nation to the Intimate Other: Prince Damrong
           Rajanubhab's Journey through Burma and the Colonial Ecumene

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      Abstract: Thai nationalist discourse has long generated negative images of neighboring countries in Mainland Southeast Asia. These remain deeply embedded in Thai people's cultural conceptions and have affected the political geography of the region. Nationalist ideology encourages Thai national pride and for Thai people to consider themselves superior to the people of their neighboring countries. Among them, Burma or Myanmar has been perceived negatively for a long time. Thai filmmakers, novelists, and cartoonists often manipulate the history of the sixteenth- and eighteenth-century wars between Burma and Siam. They have especially latched onto the 1767 Burmese sacking of Ayutthaya as a central theme, or scenario, to incite ... Read More
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  • Military Rule with a Weak Army: Myanmar's Late Expansion

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      Abstract: Under Ne Win, Burma's army grew to some extent but there were no efforts to bring its capacity to another level. The Tatmadaw remained generally weak and lacked the capacity to defeat the country's many insurgencies (Selth 1996:469, 478). Its capacity was only strengthened following Ne Win's exit from power in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, the Tatmadaw is one of the largest military organizations in Southeast Asia (Selth 2009:282–83, 287; Selth 2001:28). What accounts for its late expansion'The Tatmadaw's slow military development is puzzling for different reasons. Ne Win justified military rule by the necessity of preventing the country from disintegrating in light of ethnic minority demands for ... Read More
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  • Grassroots Roles and Leadership Aspirations: The Experiences of Young
           Ethnic Women in Myanmar Civil Society Organizations

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      Abstract: Although a number of women feature prominently in Myanmar's political landscape, the country generally faces significant gender inequality. Previous studies have identified several causes for this disparity, ranging from cultural and religious influences to the pervasive role of the military. Yet, as elsewhere in Southeast Asia, indepth studies of the position of women in Myanmar have been rare. When women feature in historical or contemporary records, this is often restricted to the higher classes (Andaya 2006).In the realm of civil society organizations (CSOs), Myanmar women have been relatively visible, particularly within border-based groups and transnational platforms, which have provided opportunities to ... Read More
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  • Textiles in Burman Culture by Sylvia Fraser-Lu (review)

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      Abstract: Textiles in Burman Culture is the culmination of Sylvia Fraser-Lu's lifelong research on the textiles of Myanmar, especially weavings consumed by this country's most populous and politically dominant group, the Burmese or Burman. Fraser-Lu began studying textiles of Myanmar while living in different parts of East and Southeast Asia in the 1970s and the 1980s. Although the author states that the publication is not comprehensive and is merely an introduction to cloth identified with the Burman culture, she has succeeded in writing a well-illustrated, wide-ranging volume covering textiles and dress of the peoples associated with Burman culture. The publication is complete with an index, list of citations, glossary ... Read More
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  • The Wa of Myanmar and China's Quest for Global Dominance by Bertil Lintner
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      Abstract: This slim, but richly detailed, volume represents a recent installment in veteran journalist and prolific author Bertil Lintner's foundational contributions to our understanding of the complex dynamics of Myanmar's politics, and especially those of its peripheries. The areas brought to focus here are the bordering highlands of Northern Shan State and the Southwest of China's Yunnan province, territories long off-limits to other empire-building projects. These edgy zones set the context for the travails of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the most sizable and best-equipped non-state military in Asia today. The UWSA boasts commanding around twenty to thirty thousand troops, and including weaponry has more firepower ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-07-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Borderlands of Asia: Culture, Place, Poetry by Mark Bender (review)

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      Abstract: This book is a very rare collection of 120 contemporary poems by 48 poets from Northeast India, Myanmar, China (Southwest, Qinghai, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia), and Mongolia. Thirty-seven of the poems, most of them from India, were originally written in English, but the others have been translated into English from the local languages of the regions. The "borderlands" of the book's title are not necessarily the territorial borders of nation-states, but rather, cultural zones made up of a diversity of ethnic communities living on the fringes of the Han people's principal domain in China. They comprise the communities that Chinese merchants first encountered on their journeys along the Silk Road: long-time residents ... Read More
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