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Romancing Human RightsGender, Intimacy, and Power between Burma and the West$
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Tamara C. Ho

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839253

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839253.001.0001

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From Orwell to Rambo

From Orwell to Rambo

Interracial Affiliations and Transnational Antagonisms in the Age of Human Rights

(p.10) 1 From Orwell to Rambo
Romancing Human Rights

Tamara C. Ho

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines discursive patterns in twentieth-century Anglophone representations of Burma, from George Orwell's 1934 novel Burmese Days to the 2008 film Rambo. It highlights the ambiguous racialization of Burmese bodies within Western frameworks as seen in the secondary character of Ma Hla May in Burmese Days. It reads Ma Hla May's marginalized female figure through the critical framework of gendered displacement, paying attention to her unruliness as a fictional reflection of Burmese women's shifting status and historical resistance during the twilight of British colonialism. It interprets the relegation of Ma Hla May to the margins of the plot in Burmese Days as a reflection of a discursive tendency in Hollywood and American literature to render Burmese as either animalistically savage or virtually invisible.

Keywords:   racialization, Burma, George Orwell, Burmese Days, Rambo, Burmese bodies, gendered displacement, Burmese women, Hollywood, American literature

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