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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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Diaspora and Daughters

Diaspora and Daughters

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(p.108) 6 Diaspora and Daughters
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Romancing Human Rights
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Tamara C. Ho

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839253.003.0007

This book has explored Burmese in/visibility through an analysis of narratives of interracial encounters between Burmese and Western(ized) bodies, and particularly the relationship between gendered displacement and transgressive bodies. Focusing on the genealogy of real and imagined Burmese women, it has deconstructively tracked figures of Burmese femininity as marginalized effects of representation and as vexed authors. It has examined these representations of Burmese women's writing and imprisonment in different settings and at various historical moments in the twentieth century. This chapter considers how women of Burmese descent, as diaspora and daughters, continue to challenge technologies of representation and regimes of exploitation in transnational legal and imaginative arenas. It discusses the ways in which real and imagined Burmese women write as a way to displace their material and discursive “prisons” and concludes by suggesting further directions for studies of Burmese women.

Keywords:   gendered displacement, transgressive bodies, Burmese women, femininity, imprisonment, diaspora, Burmese bodies, Westernized bodies, exploitation

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