Chu Paing

Chu Paing
University of Wisconsin–Madison | UW · Center for Southeast Asian Studies

PhD Candidate


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Chu is a 2019 NSF GRFP fellow and one of the three 2017 Social Science fellows from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, pursuing a doctoral degree in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Chu's research interests are affect, semiotics, visual culture, feminist anthropology, legal anthropology, language and politics, and language and power.
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August 2017 - May 2023
University of Colorado Boulder
  • PhD Student
September 2015 - May 2017
September 2013 - August 2015


Publications (6)
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What are the intentions and repercussions left behind by white people working and living in Burma? In this essay, we want to address the everlasting nature of coloniality in both everyday life and within the circles of scholars studying Burma as a “post-colonial” place. It is important to note that coloniality, although it stems from colonialism, i...
Paing, Chu May. 2020. “Viral Satire as Public Feeling in Myanmar.” In “Pandemic Diaries: Affect and Crisis,” Carla Jones, ed., American Ethnologist website, May 20 2020, []
On August 26, 2015, the Myanmar government passed the Race and Religion Protection Laws or myosaun ubade proposed by Wirathu, founder of The Patriotic Association of Myanmar (Mabatha). This paper analyzes the gender ideologies embedded in the choice of High and Low reference register in Burmese language for women in the Myanmar-Buddhist Women’s Spe...
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While there is a rising number of research studies on heritage language maintenance among East Asian immigrants, there have been very few studies on Southeast Asian minority heritage language maintenance. The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the practices and ideologies towards heritage language maintenance in two Buddhist immigrant famili...