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    To develop the ethnic groups database where systematized research data are available online and can be made use of by interested parties or individuals, following the subjects or topics of their interests, and thus making it easier for them to sum up the essential points necessary for further in-depth studies. 


    S'gaw youth at Mowakee Chaingmai

    Less savings. Much to share.

    S'gaw's proverb
    Mowakee Chaingmai

    Salak Yom Festival
    Pratupha Temple

    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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    Smile in problems
    Urak  Lawai at Rawai Phuket
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Subject Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Lisu, Akha, Yuan, Yunnanese,Highlanders,Economic System,Ethnic Relations,Northern
Author Dessaint,William Y. and Dessaint,Alain Y.
Title Economic Systems and Ethnic Relations in Northern Thailand
Document Type Article Original Language of Text English
Ethnic Identity Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Yuan, Mien, Iu Mien, Hmong, Yunannese, Chinese Muslim, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Not specified.
Location of
Sirindhorn Anthropology Center Library Total Pages 13 Year 1982
Source Anthony R. Walker (ed.) Studies of Ethnic Minority Peoples. Singapore: Contributions to Southeast Asian Ethnography

This article is about economic systems and ethnic relations in northern Thailand. Because of their distinctive ecological areas and products in each group, they have to depend on other groups products with different ecology. Therefore, there is widely economic exchange between the group, especially the trading dependence between the highlanders and the lowlanders. However, there is less social relation, so the ethnic groups can maintain their different way of life and cultural freedom. They depend on exchanging through middlemen such as hagglers, caravans and stores rather than directly trading with the marketing centers. When opium, a main cash crop of the highlanders, is noticed as illegal and the land is limited, there is a conflict between the lowlanders and the highlanders and Thai government tries to assimilate the culture with many methods.

Text Analyst Somrak Chaisingkanonon Date of Report Sep 22, 2012
TAG Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Lisu, Akha, Yuan, Yunnanese, Highlanders, Economic System, Ethnic Relations, Northern, Translator -


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