A Chinese Mental Map of the Irrawaddy Delta
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This chapter moves its geographic focus southward to Lower Burma, where many Hokkien and Cantonese from coastal China set up their homes and business enterprises. After following a new Hokkien immigrant’s life experience in the Irrawaddy Delta, Li depicts a panoramic picture of Rangoon Chinatown with a detailed look at some of the most important Chinese community institutions, such as temples, native-place and surname associations, and secret societies. By charting out social fabrications and communal landscapes in Lower Burma, the chapter describes the Hokkien and Cantonese everyday life in a new colony whose prosperity and downfall were now closely linked with global markets and imperial agendas, and how the Chinese-ness was subtly exercised and received in a multiethnic state.