Beyond borders through a personal narrative approachthis book focuses on the migration history and transnational trading experiences of contemporary yunnanese chinese migrants who reside in burma and those who have moved from burma and resettled in thailand taiwan and. Beyond borders stories of yunnanese chinese migrants of burma by wen chin chang ithaca and london wen chin chang 2014 xv 278 pages 2695 paperback. Zhang dage born in a mountain village in shan state burma in 1962 is one of my key informants like many yunnanese migrants his life has been marked by a series of migrations. Beyond borders is a tremendous work which details with considerable intimacy and reflection the lives of both yunnanese chinese in burma as well as those who later migrated from burma to thailand taiwan and mainland china. The yunnanese from southwestern china have for millennia traded throughout upland southeast asia burma in particular has served as a back door to yunnan providing a sanctuary for political refugees and economic opportunities for trade explorers
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