Asian Review

Publication Date



This article analyzes the roles of Shan royal ladies in private and public spheres in three life narratives: Twilight over Burma: My Life as a Princess by Inge Sargent (1994); The White Umbrella by Patricia Elliott (1999); and My Vanished World: The True Story of Shan Princess by Nel Adams (2000). Shan royal ladies were actively involved in both private and public spheres. They were creative in catering. They had opportunities to become family leaders, and to help compromise conflicts. Moreover, they took part in political issues. The public and private spheres were related, as private matters or roles in the household could influence political outcomes. In addition, these roles reflected Shan royal ladies' identities as dynamic and influenced by social class, patriarchy, and changing social and political contexts.



First Page


Last Page


Included in

Asian Studies Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.