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Subject Tai Ya ethnic group, Flowery-Belted Tai, ethnic identity maintenance, Chiang Rai
Author Jurairat Wanasiri and Layla Tri-ekanukul
Title Ethnic identity maintenance of Tai Ya in Thailand: A case study in Chiang Rai Province
Document Type Research Paper Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Tai Ya, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Sino-Tibetan
Location of
SirindhornAnthropology Center Total Pages 150 Year 2009
Source -

This research collected data from 139 Tai Ya ethnic residents. The data were both quantitative (using a questionnaire and statistical analysis methods) and qualitative (using ethnological descriptive methods and interviews). It was found that Tai Ya or the Flowery-Belted Tai migrated from Ya Village, Moxajiang County, Xinping Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China, due mainly to political and religious reasons. The ethnic group has its own spoken language but not the written form, and the language is categorized in the Tai-Kadai Language Family. Their ethnic identity is clearly expressed through various cultural aspects, such as food, residence, healing of ailments, wicker work, and ethnic dress. From the qualitative data, it was found that most residents wanted to maintain and conserve their ethnic culture, so that future generations would take pride in their ethnicity. Therefore, the Tai Ya Association was founded to maintain their ethnic identity (pp. 111-113).

Text Analyst - Date of Report May 18, 2016
TAG Tai Ya ethnic group, Flowery-Belted Tai, ethnic identity maintenance, Chiang Rai, Translator -


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