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    S'gaw youth at Mowakee Chaingmai

    Less savings. Much to share.

    S'gaw's proverb
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    Salak Yom Festival
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    Sea as Home of Urak Lawoi, Moken, Moklen

    Rawai beach Phuket Thailand


    Computer class of S'gaw students
    Mae La Noi , Maehongson

    Khaw Rai (Rice)
    produced from rotational farming
    Li Wo, Kanchanaburi


    S'gaw woman at Hin Lad Nai village

    Fermented Beans

    Important ingredient of Tai


    Phlong(Pwo) woman

    Li Wo village

    Boon Khaw Mai rite

    Phlong at Li Wo


    Little Prince of Tai

    Ordination in Summer of Tai boys


    Boys are ordained as novice monks

     Poi Sang Long is the tradition of the Tai. 

    Be novice monk to learn Buddhism


    Tai-art  mural painting of  Buddha 
    at Wat Chong Kam Chong Klang
    Maehongson Thailand

    Wat Chong-Kam, Chong Klang

    Hmong childs at Ban Kewkarn
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Subject -
Author Benjawan Sukkhawat
Title Acculturation of Tai Khun Tribe : The Conciliation of Cultural Citizenship
Document Type Thesis Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Tai Khoen, Language and Linguistic Affiliations -
Location of
- Total Pages 236 Year 2015
Source -

This anthropological qualitative research examined the Tai Khuen ethnic group which migrated from Kengtung, Myanmar and settled at Ban Lao Phathana village at Tambon Ban Du, Muang district, Chiang Rai province, since 1977. Most of the residents did not have Thai citizenship. The author focused on the expression of their shared ethnic awareness through self-expression and historical connections with their origin and citizenship in Thailand. The study findings revealed that the ethnic group created shared conscience and to negotiate for their power and rights to legally live in the village and use resources.  The group also adopted the mainstream culture to reflect being a part of the Thai state and making a difference by connecting with Kengtung in Myanmar. For their social status, the ethnic group became leaders of other groups in the village, admimistering the village, collaborating with other villages and agencies, and forming the Chiang Rai Ethnic Group Network to demand their rights. However, the drive for negotiatioin could not be fully expressed because their freedom was not the same as other Thais. The study results could be used as a database for the state to plan for the management system of other ethnic groups.

Text Analyst Phisuthilak Bunto Date of Report Jun 07, 2019
TAG , Translator -


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