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Article: Burmese Indians in contemporary Burma: Heritage, influence, and perceptions since 1988

TitleBurmese Indians in contemporary Burma: Heritage, influence, and perceptions since 1988
Authors
KeywordsBurma/myanmar
Burmese indians
India-burma relations
Indian diaspora
Indophobia
Islamophobia
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14631369.asp
Citation
Asian Ethnicity, 2011, v. 12 n. 1, p. 33-54 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article seeks to explore the current role, significance and influence of Burmese Indian minorities in post-1988 Burma as well as the perceptions the Burmese indigenous society and elite have developed on them since the colonial era. British Burma (1826-1948) witnessed a massive immigration of Indian communities that disproportionately dominated Burma's colonial enterprise. A strong resentment thus arose among the Burman Buddhist majority, illustrated by the rise of a popular 'indophobia' phenomenon. Paroxysmal expressions of the colonial original trauma were observed through recurrent pre-independence anti- Indian riots as well as a specific and enduring linguistic patronizing classification of the 'Kalas' by the Burmese language. Nationalistic administrative laws, enacted by the Burmese post-independence parliamentarian and military governments, furthered the downgrading and discrimination of Burmese Indians who remain however a visible minority today, with a manifest economic weight and a strong socio-cultural presence throughout Burma. In this paper, it will, however, be argued that after years of 'Burmanization' processes, Burmese old-age 'indophobic' sentiments have turned towards more 'islamophobic' tendencies, now explicitly targeting the Muslim communities of Indian origin, but that it remains difficult to evaluate their impact on Burma's current policymaking. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/143002
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.397
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dc.identifier.citationAsian Ethnicity, 2011, v. 12 n. 1, p. 33-54en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1463-1369en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis article seeks to explore the current role, significance and influence of Burmese Indian minorities in post-1988 Burma as well as the perceptions the Burmese indigenous society and elite have developed on them since the colonial era. British Burma (1826-1948) witnessed a massive immigration of Indian communities that disproportionately dominated Burma's colonial enterprise. A strong resentment thus arose among the Burman Buddhist majority, illustrated by the rise of a popular 'indophobia' phenomenon. Paroxysmal expressions of the colonial original trauma were observed through recurrent pre-independence anti- Indian riots as well as a specific and enduring linguistic patronizing classification of the 'Kalas' by the Burmese language. Nationalistic administrative laws, enacted by the Burmese post-independence parliamentarian and military governments, furthered the downgrading and discrimination of Burmese Indians who remain however a visible minority today, with a manifest economic weight and a strong socio-cultural presence throughout Burma. In this paper, it will, however, be argued that after years of 'Burmanization' processes, Burmese old-age 'indophobic' sentiments have turned towards more 'islamophobic' tendencies, now explicitly targeting the Muslim communities of Indian origin, but that it remains difficult to evaluate their impact on Burma's current policymaking. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
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dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14631369.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Ethnicityen_HK
dc.subjectBurma/myanmaren_HK
dc.subjectBurmese indiansen_HK
dc.subjectIndia-burma relationsen_HK
dc.subjectIndian diasporaen_HK
dc.subjectIndophobiaen_HK
dc.subjectIslamophobiaen_HK
dc.titleBurmese Indians in contemporary Burma: Heritage, influence, and perceptions since 1988en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailEgreteau, R: egreteau@hku.hken_HK
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