Nomen est omen: portrait of Han Dajun, an Anhui planter in Burma

An article in Hefei Evening News profiles one of four “peasants” from the city of Fuyang 阜阳, Anhui, who, in January, signed an agreement with Burma’s Special Region 2, under the control of the United Wa State Army, to rent 8,000 acres of farmland (the duration is not specified in the article) to plant rubber and tea and raise livestock. The total investment is 3 million yuan. The man, 47, is called Han Dajun 韩大军, “Han Big Army.” Another fitting name after that intrepid pioneer of Chinese farming in Africa, Liu Jianjun (Liu Army-Founding).

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Han started as a poor peasant but began a small business reselling produce in 1989, and later became a shipping entrepreneur with 5 lorries. In 2009-10, he met some Chinese farmers who were planting rubber in Burma and said it made a lot of money. The agricultural machinery office 农机局 of 颍州区, one of Fuyang’s districts, gave Han a grant of 150 thousand yuan to purchase machinery to take to Burma (see photo).

The article describes the hardships faced by Han and his mates in Burma, and touts him as an example of how that with enough determination, “peasants too can change their fate.”

5 Responses to Nomen est omen: portrait of Han Dajun, an Anhui planter in Burma

  1. semuren says:

    One thing to note here is that Chinese investment in the AG sector in the Special Regions of Burma/Myanmar is very different in significance from Chinese investment in the Tatmadaw controlled parts of the country. I would argue that this sort of difference is even more pronounced in Shan State Special Regions 1 and 2. Pretty much all the investment in these areas is from China. And the areas are much more deeply connected to China than other SSRs given their background in the Burma Communist Party.

  2. semuren says:

    Also, the link to the original article above seems to be broken. If possible please post a new corrected link I would really like to read the original.

  3. Thanks, Semuren. The link has now been fixed. I’ve blogged quite a lot about the Special Regions; please check the earlier posts.

  4. semuren says:

    So there is one other point I noticed about the original article after I got around to reading it today. That is that while the article mentions Special Administrative Region no. 2 of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (缅甸联邦共和国第二行政特区) as the land concession granting authority, it does not mention that as being the Wa area (or maybe it does and I just missed that, I did get interrupted for a while in the middle of reading the article).

    The article then goes on to note that the “That place is near Kanpaiti gate/pass” (“那里靠近缅甸干麦迪(音)关口,周边都是原始森林,我跟随运送农机的货车走了四天三夜。”说起韩大军 … 那里没有房屋,没有电,打电话要跑到10多公里以外,才能搜索到手机信号。”). Now one cannot be totally clear that “that place” referred to means the rented land, though that is how I understand it. It might be possible that Kanpaiti was just the point where the trucks carrying the farm equipment crossed the border. But even if we go with the latter, and I think far less likely, second interpretation, one would not go to Wabang by of Kanpaiti. So here the Special Administrative Region No. 2 is most likely not the Shan State SAR 2 of the UWSA, but rather the Kachin State SAR 2 of the KIA/O. Kanpatti is the Burma side of 猴桥 near Tengchong, and was administered by the NDA-K as part of Kanchin State SAR no. 1, but SAR 2 is quite near there.

    Here are some links to New Light of Myanmar articles that give lists of all the SARs:

    Click to access nc040706_1.pdf

    Click to access nc170504_1.pdf

    And a Myanmar Times article mentioning Kachin State SAR 1:

  5. Thank you, Semuren, you are probably right.

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