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A collection of photographs by colonial officer and amateur anthropologist James Henry Green now in the collections of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has been extensively reappropriated and reused by members of the Kachin community from northern Burma who originally formed their subject. This article considers one specific use, in a music track and video produced as part of a collaboration between a Burma-based Kachin rap artist and a Kachin singer and media producer currently living in China. Released at a critical moment for the Kachin community, following the recent breakdown of a long-standing cease-fire agreement between the Kachin IndependenceOrganization and the Burmese government, the track and video reveal some of the tensions at play between the outward-looking, transnational, and cosmopolitan tendencies of the growing overseas Kachin community and the nostalgic, territorially based ethnonationalism that has been at the heart of Kachin demands for greater politicalautonomy since the 1960s.
Author(s): Mears H
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Museum Worlds: Advances in Research
Print publication date: 01/07/2017
Online publication date: 01/07/2017
Acceptance date: 01/01/2017
ISSN (print): 2049-6729
ISSN (electronic): 2049-6737
Publisher: Berghahn Books Ltd.
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