Chu May Paing
Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholar 2020-21

Born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), Chu May Paing is an activist, feminist, native-ethnographer, a first-generation American citizen, and a visual anthropologist-in-training. Paing is interested in the circulation and (re)mediation of semiotic culture (how cultural signs and symbols work in a society) in contemporary Myanmar. Her previous training in sociocultural linguistics implements her broader theoretical and methodological research interests in semiotics, affect, aesthetics and modernity and how they are being mediated and circulated among the public through various forms of visual culture in urban Myanmar. Paing's doctoral research is being funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Visit her fieldwork updates and research publications website.

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