Where are Burmese People fromWho are the Burmese from?
The Burmese people's racial background?
To identify with Burma is more about talking the talk and participating in Burma's mother tongue than about the origin of its ancestors. Let us bear in mind that the breed is a socially constructed and the Burmese are no different. As the Burmese moved south into the Irrawaddy and beyond over the course of the ages, the locals, among them the Chinese-Tibetan-speaking Pyus and Karens, the Austrian-speaking Mons and the Tai-Kadai-speaking Shans and Siamese (and since then also Chinese, Indians and Europeans), have integrated to varying extents into Burmese societies.
And all this to say that self-identifying Burmese have many different ancestors, so to say. This is why it is hard to recognize Burmese characteristics and why Burmese are generally lighter in Upper Burma than their brothers in Lower Burma. P.S. I assume your query relates to the Burmese or Bamar population.
The Burmese on the run from racial and worship persecutions are becoming the largest group of refugees in the US
MOINES, Iowa - Burmese people who flee their countries from the persecutions of religion and ethnicity have become the largest migrant group in the US, overtaking other Somali, Afghan and even Iraqi migrants. Most Burmese are Christians in a major Burmese Buddha state, and almost all of them come from ethnical minorities.
Every year, the US administration confers on only a certain number of people the legitimate status suggested by the US Presidential elect. Over the past two years, there have been 70,000 fugitives, 69,925 of them in 2014. More than 11,000 Burmese settled in the USA last year alone - in comparison to around 9,000 Iraqis, 6,000 Somalis and almost 600 Afghans, according to the Foreign Ministry.
Burmese people in their homes, from Maryland to Michigan to Minnesota, are attracting tens and tens of millions of refugees, the State Department said. The Burmese make up more than half of the Burmese displaced people in Iowa, most of whom end up in towns such as Des Moines, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. "Since about 2010, Burmese migrants have been a very large group of the Iowa government, representing about 50 per cent of all refugees," said Carly Ross, head of the Des Moines Fields Office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).
Although the conflicts and violent events tearing the Middle East apart are making global news, the history behind the Burmese escape (also known as Myanmar) is relatively new. Myanmar consists of several hundred different ethnical groups, one of which dominates mainly Buddhist Bamar, Burmese civilisation, and Burmese political life. Burma's biggest ethnical groups in the US are the Chin, who are living in the Western world and being prosecuted for their religious belief, and the Karen, who are struggling against Burmese ethnical purges and Burmese armed conflict, according to the Burmese People' Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) in Des Moines.
"I fled Burma with my ancestors in 1988," said Mu Law, a Karenni fugitive in the EMBARC brief. The United Nations Human Rights Council said that for years tens of millions of Burmese migrants languished in Indian, Thai and Malaysian centres. As soon as a beneficiary of fugitive protection has received fugitive protection, he or she is sent to the United States and placed under the supervision of fugitive reintroduction organisations.
Des Moines is being resettled by the Catholic diocese of Des Moines and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. It is these organisations that bring them into the US way of life and how to operate in US societies. Almost all newcomers do not know English - and each ethnical group has its own tongue, making it even harder for Burmese people to find a translator, said Amy Doyle, spokeswoman for EMBARC.
But with the help of family members who already live in the USA and the agents, many fugitives find a work as teachers or in meat packaging companies, which requires no knowledge of Englishs. The USCRI is claiming a 92 per cent recruitment quota for its migrants in Iowa six month after their arrivals.