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Title: New media and Burmese diaspora identities in New Zealand
Date of publication: November 2009
Description/subject: Abstract: "This study examines ways in which Burmese diasporic identities are formed and maintained, and the importance of new media in this process. Political oppression in Burma, the experience of exile and the importance of opposition movements in the borderlands make the Burmese diaspora a unique and complex group. This study used tapoetethakot, an indigenous Karen research methodology, to interact with fourteen participants in Auckland, exploring aspects of new media use and identity maintenance. Common among all participants was a twin desire to share stories of suffering and to have that pain recognised. This suffering is an important part of refugee identity and is also linked with resistance against assimilation in New Zealand. Instead, participants try and maintain their language and cultural practices, with the intent of returning to a democratic Burma in the future. New media supports these processes, by providing participants with access to opposition media reports of human rights abuses and suffering, through making cultural and linguistic artifacts accessible and through providing an easy means of communication with friends and family in Burma and the borderlands."
Author/creator: Naw Violet Cho
Language: English (main text); Interviews (English, Karen, Burmese)
Source/publisher: School of Communication Studies Auckland University of Technology
Format/size: pdf (582K)
Date of entry/update: 24 January 2011


Title: Das Auswärtige Amt schrieb die Verhältnisse schön
Date of publication: 04 October 2007
Description/subject: Anlässlich des "brutalen Vorgehens" der der birmanischen Militärdiktatur kritisiert die Menschenrechtsorganisation Pro Asyl die Politik der deutschen Bundesregierung. Deutsche Behörden und das Auswärtige Amt "schrieben gerade erst in diesem Jahr die Verhältnisse schön - so weit birmanische Asylsuchende betroffen waren", kritisiert die Organisation. Asylsuchende aus Birma (Myanmar) führten laut Pro Asyl bis dahin mit weitem Abstand die Rangliste der Anerkennungsquoten beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) an. Im Jahr 2006 zum Beispiel seien bei insgesamt 145 Asylanträgen von Birmanern 97,9 Prozent positive Entscheidungen getroffen worden. Bezogen auf alle Herkunftsländer habe die Quote 2007 bei gerade 6,3 Prozent gelegen. "Seit einigen Monaten jedoch hagelte es Ablehnungen".Deutsche Asylpolitik; Burmese refugees in Germany; German asylum policy
Language: German, Deutsch
Source/publisher: NGO Online, Pro Asyl
Format/size: html (40k)
Date of entry/update: 05 December 2007


Title: Tough Asylum
Date of publication: January 2007
Description/subject: Faced with stringent refugee laws, Burmese asylum seekers in Japan try new ways to win recognition.
Author/creator: Neil Lawrence
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 July 2008


Title: Japan
Date of publication: October 2000
Description/subject: Burmese dissidents living in Japan face an uncertain future, as the countryremains an inhospitable haven for political asylum-seekers.
Author/creator: Neil Lawrence/Tokyo
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 10
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Democratic Elite Only, Please
Date of publication: July 2000
Description/subject: The recent revelation that Australia's aversion to Burmese pro-democracy activists is almost as strong as that of Burma's military junta was hardly news to asylum seekers accustomed to dealing with immigration officials at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. Treatment there is "terrible," say student exiles, who complain that since last year's Burmese Embassy siege, they have been required to wait outside the embassy compound when coming for asylum interviews or applying for visas.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003