Making No Political “Noise”
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This chapter challenges the perception of Chinese as an apolitical group. Since the end of the nineteenth century, Burma had seen waves of representatives of Chinese political parties on their overseas support-seeking missions, and the Burmese Chinese had made their due contributions to power struggles within China. However, the political interests among the Burmese Chinese did not stop here. With the Diarchy introduced to Burma in the 1920s, members of this minority community started to test the ground both in the government and in anti-colonial campaigns, but not without challenges. Li argues that the lack of institutional attention from the colonial regime on Chinese political engagement is in sharp contrast to the strong political awareness and active participation among the Burmese Chinese at all ideological fronts.