Burmese Americans

Birthplace and identity – the case of Burma-born Americans

Ethnic identity is a social construct, and a very fluid one that at that. It’s by no means immutable, especially in multi-ethnic societies like Burma, where many assume multiple ethnic identities depending on context, as a means of conducting business, gaining social acceptance, and receiving education. For the Burmese community, there’s a also certain ambiguity attached to the term “Burmese,” and whether it’s a reference to the Burmese nationality, the Burman ethnicity, or both.

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Burmese Americans

The Burmese American community in numbers

The size of the Burmese American community has given it greater clout in recent years. Because of its growing numbers, since the 2010 Census, “Burmese” has been separately measured as an ethnicity. So it was quite exciting for me to get in and dissect a wealth of data on what the Burmese American community looks like, in terms of income, age, education, and poverty.
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Burmese Americans

How big is Burmese America?

We Burmese Americans are an elusive bunch. We’re rather underrepresented among Asian Americans. But our exact numbers are unknown. The other day, my mom asked me how big the Burmese American community was, and to that I had no answer. So I turned to some numbers from the 2010 Census, which shed some light on the size of the Burmese American community.

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