CPRI 11: Shifting Identities

Perceptions and Experiences of the Burmese Nepali Diaspora in Urban Chiang Mai, Thailand

This research studies the development of the Burmese-Nepali “Gorkhali” community in urban Chiang Mai, focusing on the cultural orientation they brought from both Burma and Nepal and which they have retained since migrating to Thailand. The community has a diasporic identity, reflected in the lives of twice-migrant Nepalis. The interest and focus in this study is the cultural representation of Nepali identity that conceptually situates the Burmese-Nepali as a Nepali diaspora in Thailand. In this research, Mrinalini Rai examines the narratives and perceptions of the Burmese-Nepalis in Chiang Mai, in order to further develop the notion of diaspora, and to build a greater understanding of the complex dynamics and processes that lead to migration, and in particular the dispersion of the Nepalis from Nepal.

Publication date : May 2018
Price : 350 Baht / 12 US$

Published through Chiang Mai University Press