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    Sea as Home of Urak Lawoi, Moken, Moklen

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    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

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    Little Prince of Tai

    Ordination in Summer of Tai boys


    Boys are ordained as novice monks

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    Tai-art  mural painting of  Buddha 
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    Maehongson Thailand

    Wat Chong-Kam, Chong Klang

    Hmong childs at Ban Kewkarn
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  Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre
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Subject Karen,uprising against Burmese government,Thai national security,Mae Hong Song
Author Harn Phaythai
Title Karen: The case of the Karen National Union (KNU) rising against the Burmese government along the Thai-Burmese border and Thai national security
Document Type Research Paper Original Language of Text Thai
Ethnic Identity - Language and Linguistic Affiliations Sino-Tibetan
Location of
Sirindhorn Anthropology Center Library Total Pages 137 Year 1993
Source Personal research document,College of National Defense

Burma is composed of several minority ethnic groups. After gaining independence from Britain, these ethnic groups demanded self-rule and independence, but they were brutally suppressed by successive Burmese regimes. The ethnic groups have risen against the Burmese government, particularly the Karen National Union (KNU). The union has its stronghold in the Irrawaddy Delta and along the Tanaosi Mountain Range. The union is divided into two groups: the West and the East. Furthermore, the groups have formed multilateral agreements with other ethnic groups against the government. The Karen have their own language, traditions and culture. They have organized their own education and administrative systems as well as tried to be recognized by the global community. Their attempts have angered the regime, so they have been violently suppressed, particularly along the Thai-Burmese border, which have affected our national security and diplomatic relationships with the Burmese.

Text Analyst Phatchalada Julaphet Date of Report Sep 22, 2012
TAG Karen, uprising against Burmese government, Thai national security, Mae Hong Song, Translator -


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