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|Title:||Negotiating antifascist solidarity across ethnic difference in Myanmar: Bhamo Tin Aung’s Yoma Taikbwe||Authors:||Campbell, Stephen||Keywords:||Social sciences::Political science||Issue Date:||2021||Source:||Campbell, S. (2021). Negotiating antifascist solidarity across ethnic difference in Myanmar: Bhamo Tin Aung’s Yoma Taikbwe. Critical Asian Studies, 53(3), 359-379. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2021.1934886||Journal:||Critical Asian Studies||Abstract:||The 1989 collapse of the Communist Party of Burma through rank-and-file mutiny, and its splintering into manifold ethnic armed organizations, presaged a weakening of prospects for any leftist project across ethnic lines in Myanmar. These developments coincided with the flourishing of so-called new wars, in Myanmar and elsewhere, organized around identity politics rather than ideology. For liberal critics, such developments confirmed a belief that leftist projects could only ever be an authoritarian imposition over ascriptive ethnic difference. Considering such critiques, this article presents an alternative approach to leftist politics in Myanmar, as advanced by author and journalist Bhamo Tin Aung in his 1963 novel, Yoma Taikbwe, which narrates the emergence of antifascist struggle under wartime Japanese occupation. The book articulates a leftist politics that attends to ethnic difference as an experience grounded in uneven political economy, thus paralleling arguments from the Black radical tradition. In this way, Bhamo Tin Aung pointed to a leftist politics realized through negotiation across difference. It is a politics that remains as pertinent as ever, given worsening class inequality and enduring ethnic chauvinism, in Myanmar and elsewhere, and given the importance of cross-ethnic solidarity in the struggle against military rule following Myanmar’s February 2021 coup.||URI:||https://hdl.handle.net/10356/160386||ISSN:||1467-2715||DOI:||10.1080/14672715.2021.1934886||Schools:||School of Social Sciences||Rights:||© 2021 BCAS, Inc. All rights reserved.||Fulltext Permission:||none||Fulltext Availability:||No Fulltext|
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