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Subject Shan Identity Construction, Chiang Mai
Author Wandi Santiwuthimethi
Title The construction of ethnic identity among Shan people at the Thai-Burma border Site of study: Piang Luang Village, Wiang Haeng District, Chiang Mai Province.
Document Type Article Original Language of Text Thai Language
Ethnic Identity Tai, Tai Luang, Shan, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Tai
Location of
Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre Library Total Pages 29 Year 2002
Source Lanna Kingdom Original Power, Organization for the study of 5 regions, November, 2002, Page 183-211.

The act of being ethnic Shan in Piang Luang is a concept which is continuously constructed. The Shan in Piang luang are capable of mobilizing various kinds of identity. They use peoples and events in order to conceptualize what it is to be a nation, and seek out identity through Shan language and culture, as well as through media productions in the form of print materials and songs which have political content. Some forms of identity have been blurred, an example of this being tattooing. Identity construction among Shan people in Piang Luang is an act of delineating a distinct ethnic boundary, not only to demonstrate ethnicity to themselves, but also as a response to the "Burmanization" policy of the Burmese military. Shan in Piang Luang chose many kinds of identity and use them in order to distinguish themselves from other ethnic groups. (page 206).

Text Analyst Khanitha Alangkorn, Suwit Lertwimonsak Date of Report Apr 12, 2005
TAG Shan Identity Construction, Chiang Mai, Translator -


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