Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett (review)

Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett (review) and courts, and it inspires exciting empirical questions about these issues and more. Lynette J. Chua Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 469G Bukit Timah Road, Eu Tong Sen Building, Singapore 259776; e-mail: lynettechua@nus.edu.sg. DOI: 10.1355/sj32-2k Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma. By Richard Cockett. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. xvii+263 pp. Blood, Dreams and Gold sets out the historical, political and cultural foundations of some of the problems that confronted Myanmar during the democratic reform process of 2011–15. The book is organized thematically. Chapter 1 traces a number of the distinctive physical and demographic features of the three cities, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Mawlamyine (Moulmein) and Sittwe (Akyab), back to colonial immigration policies, which resulted in an influx of — mostly Indian and Chinese — foreign residents. Chapter 2 focuses on the growing feeling of marginalization among members of the majority Bamar population as a result of these colonial policies. This feeling provided the basis both for the rise of the Bamar nationalist movement and for the deteriorating and disastrous inter-ethnic relations of the late colonial period and the Second World War. Independent Burma’s military regime took hostile measures against the descendants of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett (review)

Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett (review)


and courts, and it inspires exciting empirical questions about these issues and more. Lynette J. Chua Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 469G Bukit Timah Road, Eu Tong Sen Building, Singapore 259776; e-mail: lynettechua@nus.edu.sg. DOI: 10.1355/sj32-2k Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma. By Richard Cockett. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. xvii+263 pp. Blood, Dreams and Gold sets out the historical, political and cultural foundations of some of the problems that confronted Myanmar during the democratic reform process of 2011–15. The book is organized thematically. Chapter 1 traces a number of the distinctive physical and demographic features of the three cities, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Mawlamyine (Moulmein) and Sittwe (Akyab), back to colonial immigration policies, which resulted in an influx of — mostly Indian and Chinese — foreign residents. Chapter 2 focuses on the growing feeling of marginalization among members of the majority Bamar population as a result of these colonial policies. This feeling provided the basis both for the rise of the Bamar nationalist movement and for the deteriorating and disastrous inter-ethnic relations of the late colonial period and the Second World War. Independent Burma’s military regime took hostile measures against the descendants of immigrants on a large scale in the 1960s. It nationalized property and businesses owned by foreign immigrants, particularly Chinese and Indians, and adopted a variety of official discriminatory policies aimed at them. Chapter 3, the longest in the book, takes up two themes. It first explores the historical foundations and deadly consequences of the hostile and discriminatory actions against minority ethnic groups and Muslims — particularly Rohingyas of northern Rakhine state — on the part of the Myanmar military. It also focuses on the methods 17-J02138 SOJOURN 06.indd 423...
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and courts, and it inspires exciting empirical questions about these issues and more. Lynette J. Chua Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 469G Bukit Timah Road, Eu Tong Sen Building, Singapore 259776; e-mail: lynettechua@nus.edu.sg. DOI: 10.1355/sj32-2k Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma. By Richard Cockett. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. xvii+263 pp. Blood, Dreams and Gold sets out the historical, political and cultural foundations of some of the problems that confronted Myanmar during the democratic reform process of 2011–15. The book is organized thematically. Chapter 1 traces a number of the distinctive physical and demographic features of the three cities, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Mawlamyine (Moulmein) and Sittwe (Akyab), back to colonial immigration policies, which resulted in an influx of — mostly Indian and Chinese — foreign residents. Chapter 2 focuses on the growing feeling of marginalization among members of the majority Bamar population as a result of these colonial policies. This feeling provided the basis both for the rise of the Bamar nationalist movement and for the deteriorating and disastrous inter-ethnic relations of the late colonial period and the Second World War. Independent Burma’s military regime took hostile measures against the descendants of

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