Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

2 - Ancient Migration of Ethnic Groups in the Adjoining Area of Burma-India-Tibet-Yunnan

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Chinar, First Floor

The adjoining area of today’s Burma, India, as well as Tibet and Yunnan of China (BITY), used to be an important migration corridor for many ancient ethnic groups throughout history. Generally speaking, in one of the main migration routes in the adjoining area of BITY that ranges from the southwest China to Burma and India, a variety of ethnic groups settled in and have a long history of migration and moving along this route. Consequently, ancient ethnic groups’ migration has made some significant impact on the development course of the adjoining area of BITY. Most important of all, there had been long-term and close interaction for various civilization and diverse cultures. Based on the historical inspection, this paper emphasizes that the following issues should be brought to the forefront and is worth a deeper understanding. Firstly, in order to strengthen the people-to-people bond, it is necessary to deepen the mutual understanding and positive interaction in the adjoining area. Next, it is pertinent to promote the connectivity of the adjoining area by re-establishing main historical traffic arteries in reference to the ancient migration routes. Last but not least, the problem of transnational ethnic groups and other matters related to it, which is rooted deeply in history, is the common challenge facing Burma, India as well as Tibet and Yunnan of China. So, it is urgent to reinforce co-operation and collaborative governance by the relevant stakeholders.

Yan-ming Lin

Yunnan Academy of Social Science, China

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