Book Reviews / Asian Journal of Social Science 38 (2010) 137–155 153 Lian H. Sakhong (2003, 2nd printing 2008) In Search of Chin Identity: A Study in Reli- gion, Politics and Ethnic Identity in Burma . Copenhagen: NIAS Press. 352 pages. ISBN: 978-0700717644. Salai Lian H. Sakhong, a prominent leader of the Chin peoples’ struggle for ‘freedom’, equality and democracy in Burma or Myanmar, a strong advocate for ‘peace’ and a sup- porter for a federal and democratic institutions in the nation-building process in Burma, is also a historian, who has worked extensively on the democratic movements in that country for many years. In his book, Sakhong recounts one of the crucial historical periods in Chin history — the transformation from a traditional ‘clan and tribal’ identity to a collective Chin national identity. It reﬂects upon the Chin encounter with European colonisers and how they responded socially, politically and culturally and adapted to modern institutions and values of Christianity. The colonial demarcation of space and arbitrary construction of boundaries during the heyday of colonial rule and the subsequent decolonisation and formation of new nation- states divided the Chin people into three diﬀerent nation-states, viz ., Burma, India and
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Published: Jan 1, 2010
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