Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps
Warlord of Yunnan

1920s - 1962

Warlord of Yunnan

room China

မြန်မာဘာသာဖြင့် ဖတ်ရန်

From the 1920s through most of the 1940s, Long Yun was known as the "King of Yunnan", controlling what is now the Burma-China frontier during WW2. This was the period of China's civil war, when the country was divided between the Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek, the Communists under Mao Zedong, and dozens of regional warlords.

Long Yun was not an ethnic Han Chinese but an Yi (the Yi language is very similar to Lisu and not very different from Burmese).

Long Yun worked hard to modernize Yunnan, building roads and encouraging new industries. Under Long Yun, the region became an important military theatre, with Chinese armies from Yunnan crossing the Salween to fight the Japanese in Burma.

Long Yun also conceived of a scheme to create a new homeland for European Jews in Yunnan (in the 1930s). The suggested area was around Tengchong (across from Myitkyina). Even Albert Einstein was involved in the discussions but in the end the Chinese government decided against it.

Long Yun was overthrown in 1945 by the Chinese Nationalists. Yunnan then came under Communist control in 1949-50. He served in various official positions and died in 1962.

One of Long Yun's sons later owned a popular Chinese restaurant in Washington DC.

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