Music and Artistic Artefacts: Symbols of Rohingya Identity and Everyday Resistance in Borderlands

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1
Resource Type
Text
Creator
  • Farzana, Kazi Fahmida (National University of Singapore)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    4(2)
Publication Date
2011
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Music; Art; Rohingya Refugees; Bangladesh; Burma; Myanmar
Description
  • Abstract

    This study looks at the creation of music and art by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as a symbol of social resistance and identity. Ethnographic research on the Rohingyas’ use of music and art suggests that these non-conventional means play an important role in communicating their coherent identity and expressing their resistance to the discrimination and oppression experienced in their country of origin as well as in their exile in Bangladesh. This informal resistance is used to keep their memory alive, to transmit that history through verbal and visual expressions to the new generations, and to communicate information about themselves to outsiders. This article posits that these forms of expression, while suggestive of their identity and everyday resistance, occur mostly in an informal and indirect form, rather than in direct confrontation and protest. These informal means also reflect the Rohingyas’ pragmatism and coping strategies for living in the borderlands.
Note
Peer-Reviewed
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Rights
Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Alternative Identifiers
  • nbn:de:0168-ssoar-286908 (Type: URN)
Relations
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
  • Is identical to
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-4.2-2 (Text)

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