Chu May Paing

University of Colorado Boulder

My multi-sited doctoral research–both virtual and on-site with diasporic activists in Chiang Mai, Thailand–analyzes the central question of how one becomes and sustains life as an exiled and diasporic activist. Activists are both accused of and personally feel guilt for simply having escaped Myanmar and for seeking survival, as if those are shameful decisions. I am most interested in the ways in which diasporic Myanmar activists sustain themselves and tell–or remain silent about–their stories of political trauma, guilt, and responsibility. After joining the Herstory pedagogy training in the fall of 2022, I expect to implement the Herstory methodology of community writing as part of my community-engaged fieldwork with Myanmar diasporic activists in the spring of 2023.

Chu May Paing