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Michael Cornelius Mærsk-Møller Hansson
Associated Workplace Student

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Staying delicious, staying well – staying Kachin: an anthropological analysis of well-being among Kachin youth in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar


I am a Master's student in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen currently writing my Master's thesis with the tentative title 'Staying pleasurably, staying well - staying Kachin'. In this thesis I explore popular notions of how well-being and the good life is conceptualized among young Kachin from the northernmost state of Myanmar, Kachin State. I argue that dominant conceptions of well-being among these youth revolve around collectivist notions of Kachin ethno-nationalism. Thus, the principles of the Kachin nationalist movement and the somewhat utopian idea of an autonomous Kachin nation led by Kachin people influence both how people perceive and pursue a better future. I write the thesis based on three months of ethnographic fieldwork in the end of 2016 in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar.