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  Asia Times: Hill tribes' anger boils over
In their defense, the ethnic groups say they have co-existed with forests for generations without destroying them, and accuse corrupt state officials of harassing them and violating their human rights.
Historically, Thai government policy relating to ethnic groups in northern Thailand has been framed with a view to preventing them from becoming a threat to national security, curbing cultivation of opium in the hilly terrain along the Burmese and Laotian borders, and preventing deforestation.
The Thai government, he says, would be wise to sort out the problem of the highlanders well before they start imitating their brethren across the border.
www.atimes.com /se-asia/AG29Ae01.html   (1053 words)

 Vietnam's Northern Highlands : In Depth
Some groups fight to keep alive ancient traditions of transcribing their native phonemes into Chinese characters, but the practice is dying out in favor of learning Vietnamese and, increasingly, English.
The Black Thai are characteristically all in fl, the White Thai have small white swatches hanging from their belts, and the Red Thai are similar to Dao groups, with red headdresses.
Thai houses are still mostly made of wood, and Thai groups practice both wet rice cultivation in the lowlands and slash-and-burn in the highlands.
www.frommers.com /destinations/print-narrative.cfm?destID=3606&catID=3606010012   (1199 words)

  Thailand - MSN Encarta
The proportion of the Thai population that is elderly has grown in recent decades, with 8 percent of the population age 65 or older in 2006.
The Thai themselves vary considerably, with those of the central plain differing markedly in culture and language from those of the north and northeast, known as the Lao.
Standard Thai is written in the Thai alphabet, derived from the Indian Devanagari script, and is characterized by the use of five tones.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761561385_3/Thailand.html   (921 words)

 Thailand Travel guide : Tourist information and accommodation
Their successful integration into Thai society has allowed for this group to hold positions of economic and political power, the most noteworthy of these being the Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who held power from 2001 until September 19, 2006 when he was ousted by a military coup d'état.
Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is the national sport in Thailand and its native martial art.
Thai cuisine blends five fundamental tastes: sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and salty.
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 Thailand (11/06)
The language of the central Thai population is the language taught in schools and used in government.
The first Thai recognition of Western power in the region was the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the United Kingdom in 1826.
Thais reacted to the appointment by demanding an end to military influence in government.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2814.htm   (4440 words)

 VN Embassy : Learn about Vietnam : Culture : Ethnic Groups
The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totalling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds of the country's territory) spreading from the North to the South.
However, a fundamental solidarity among ethnic groups has been established on top of this difference as a result of a centuries long cooperation on the soil of Vietnam.
At present, the programs of providing iodized salt for remote villages, equipping village's health care and hygienic station, fighting malaria, building free schools for ethnic minority children, settled agriculture and fixed residence, and projects of creating new writing scripts for minority peoples and studying and developing traditional culture of each ethnic minority group...
www.vietnamembassy-usa.org /learn_about_vietnam/culture/ethnic_groups   (497 words)

 People of Thailand and their origins
The remaining population is made up of other ethnic groups, including Khmer and Vietnamese, some of whom are refugees living in border regions.
Central Thai is Thailand's official language and is used in schools, although other Thai dialects are spoken in various areas.
Thai is a tonal language, so that a given syllable can have different meanings depending on the inflection with which it is pronounced.
atthaitours.com /People_of_Thailand.html   (326 words)

 MINORITY PEOPLE - Vietnam Travel, Sinh Cafe Travel , Vietnam Tour Operator , Vietnam Budget Tours
H'Mong (Meo) ethnic group occupies 0.8% of the Vietnamese population.
The Cham are one of the 53 ethnic groups in Vietnam and comprise various subgroups.
Viet ethnic group occupies 87% of the Vietnamese population.
www.sinhcafe.com /english_info/minority_people.htm   (4358 words)

 Thailand People   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Thai is a tonal language, so that a given syllable can have different meanings depending on the inflection with which it is pronounced.
Thais are very honored when Westerners return the polite gesture; a women must not offer to shake hands.
Thais value a sense of humor, but they are a reserved people who do not like loud behavior, public displays of anger, or criticism of others.
www.roychapin.com /thailand02.htm   (679 words)

 Thailand Travel, Thailand Tour Package, Thailand Beach Resort
Northeastern Thais are the second-large ethnic group in Thailand.
Northern Thais are another ethnic group whose culture and language are distinct from the central ones.
Southern Thais are characterized by their physiognomy distinctly different from that of northern peoples- darker, with larger eyes and rounder faces which represent the Thai-Malay mixed characteristics.
www.siammedee.com /thailand/Thai_People.htm   (695 words)

 South East Asian Destinations, Thailand - Ethnics
Ethnic minority groups include Karens, Lawas, Lahus, Akhas, Lisu, Hmong, Mien, Khamus and the elusive Phi Thong Luang or 'spirits of the yellow leaves'.
The most numerous and one of the oldest indigenous groups in Thailand, the Karens are largely concentrated near the border with Burma.
They tend not to be as warlike as the Hmong and are one of the only hill groups with a written language.
www.symbiosis-travel.com /destinations/thailand/tethnic.htm   (770 words)

 Hausarbeiten.de - Ethnic groups in Thailand - A study of minority groups within the Thai nation state involving ethnic ...
I am writing this paper on the Thai nation state and its minorities as a student of political sciences as well as social and cultural anthropology, educated at the University of Vienna.
I want to examine the ethnic minorities in the nationalistic tool of state formation, how they were treated, reacted to or left aside and where they as well as the national ideology ended up.
Thai history sees the struggle of Siam against the European imperialist tensions in the 19th century as the advent of the modern state but Siam can also be regarded as an undirect colonial country in economic and political terms from this time through several dictatorial regimes after World War II.
www.hausarbeiten.de /zeit/vorschau/56019.html   (1041 words)

 :: The Thai People and Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Most Thai people are connected in some way with agriculture, which, in varying degrees, influences and is influenced by the religious ceremonies and festivals that help make Thailand such a distinctive country.
Traditional Thai music borrowed a few elements from neighboring countries, especially from India, and integrated it into the music that was already being played in various regions.
The typical movement of Thai dance is the rising and falling of the body; the variations seen in different regions are in the use of hands and arms.
thailand.prd.go.th /ebook/ebookprd/content/people.html   (1285 words)

 An Overview of Thailand
For several decades, Thais were presumed to have migrated 4,500 years ago, from what is now the southern part of China.
The official language, spoken by almost 100 percent of the population, is Thai.
Thai is a tonal, uninflected, and predominantly monosyllabic language borrowed from Khmer, Pali, and Sanskrit.
www.thaiembdc.org /aboutthai/overview.htm   (1169 words)

 Comparing the two languages
The Thai and Lao languages both belong to the Tai language family and are closely related.
Thai and Lao became the dominant languages in their respective countries for the same reason that any language becomes dominant: the ethnic group that speaks it becomes politically dominant and their language is held up as the standard.
Central Thais (or Siamese) became the dominant ethnic group along the Chao Phra Ya River basin in the south while ethnic Laotians dominated the Mekong River basin in the north.
www.thailao.net /both_languages.htm   (1491 words)

 Thailand (10/01)
Malay, Mon, and Khmer civilizations flourished in the region prior to the arrival of the ethnic Thai.
Thailand's legal system blends principles of traditional Thai and Western laws; Koranic law is applied in the far south, where Muslims constitute the majority of the population.
The Thai have focused on restructuring their financial sector, stimulating domestic demand, and boosting exports to recover from the financial crisis.
www.state.gov /outofdate/bgn/t/5384.htm   (3022 words)

Background: A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century.
Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%.
Languages: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects.
www.paulnoll.com /Locations/visiting-Thailand.html   (367 words)

 Vi Van An
About this matter, many Thai manuscripts such as Quam to muong, Piet muong, legends, narratives or family history of Thai landlords in Vietnam were studied by many researchers and proved that the relation of a shared origin and culture among Thai groups in Vietnam and Phu Thay in Laos is indisputable history.
Like their relatives in the Northwest, the division of Black Thai and White Thai for the Thai of Nghe An is based on differences of pronunciation, spelling, colour of clothing (mainly women’s clothing), ancestor cult practices and especially customs such as marriages, funerals, family ceremonies, and so on.
Following this tendency, clothing of Tay Deng group in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An is distinguished by its local characteristics from the costume of the White Thai in the Northwest of Vietnam.
www.columbia.edu /cu/china/Vi.html   (4480 words)

 Top Crafts Thailand Customer Service. Thailand Gifts.
Thailand's population is dominated by ethnic Thai and Lao, the latter concentrated in the northeastern Isan region and making up around one third of the population.
The Thai language is Thailand's national language, written in its own alphabet, but many ethnic and regional dialects exist and English is widely taught in schools.
Thai is part of the Tai languages group of the Tai-Kadai language family.
www.topcraftsthai.com /top-crafts-service.html   (313 words)

 Thai language: General Facts
-Thai belongs to the Tai language family, a group of related languages spoken in Thailand, Laos, Burma (by the Shan ethnic group), and northern Vietnam and southern China (by minority ethnic groups).
However, if you want to speak Thai well you should learn the tones, and some words definitely need their tones to be understood, such as “five” (ha) which has a falling tone and “pork” (moo) which needs a rising tone.
Thai words may have extra letters at the end that are not pronounced.
www.thailao.net /thaifact.htm   (834 words)

 Thai People
In North Thailand People we describe the smaller groups of Austro-Asiatic speakers such as the Lawa, H' tin and other hunters and gathers of that region.
The ethnic characteristics, belief systems, languages and lifestyles of each of all the tribes are compared also within these links.
We detail 16 ethnic groups located in North Thailand, 5 in North East Thailand, 4 in South or Southern Thailand and 4 in Central Thailand.
www.thailandsworld.com /index.cfm?p=3   (414 words)

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Marginalized groups, such as the landless or those without land suitable for pond construction, are unable, or unlikely, to be included in project activities.
The northern ethnic groups of Thai and Leu are considered by the Lao government to be Lao Loum (Lowland Lao - although many live in the valleys of mountainous regions) due to the similarity in lifestyles, although ethnically they are quite distinct.
Where these groups have migrated into lowland areas there is great potential for the development of aquaculture and these groups seem to be receptive, providing rice cultivation area is not compromised.
www.fao.org /docrep/005/x4545e/X4545e17.htm   (2622 words)

 Faces of Thailand
Thai's are a mix of many ethnic groups.
Lowland Thai's are the predominant ethnic group in central and southern Thailand.
Joy, a young Thai Woman dresses very "western" and aspires to a job in the city when she is older.
web1.msue.msu.edu /intext/faces_of_thail.htm   (558 words)

 The Mons in Thailand   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Therefore, we should approach the studies of history and archaeology taking two points into consideration: the development sequence of certain area to establish the cultural evolution and the development of political entity; and the concentration on a certain ethnic group by studying their present culture and then the retrospective approach of their past events.
A pattern of social and cultural changes can be drawn from the social history of the ethnic Mons in Thailand, which can either be applied or be compared to those of various other ethnic groups who also made their share of contribution in constituting homogeneous present Thai culture.
By contrast, some countries in the region are composed of multiple societies consisting of various ethnic groups, who could not successfully assimilate their own into one national culture.
www.mrc-usa.org /mons_in_thailand.htm   (395 words)

 Vietnam Report
Vietnam is a country with many ethnic groups, with a culture that is mixed with many other cultures in the region throughout its history.
From this point of view, Chinese, Thai, Khmer, Champa cultures clearly manifest themselves, particularly with scripts; besides these are more ethnic groups, but they are small in number and in general don't have their own script.
But for ethnic groups with a small population, the perceived market is even smaller than the market for the official script, to which not even many IT companies are attracted.
www.cicc.or.jp /english/hyoujyunka/mlit4/7-15vietnam/8-15.html   (2216 words)

 Thai - Vietnam Ethnic Group
A Thai man first lives with his wife's family for several years until the couple has a child; they then move to the house of the husband's family.
Culture: The Thai language belongs to the Tay-Thai Group.
Economy: The Thai are experienced in cultivating rice and orchards.
hedo-vietnam.tripod.com /ethnic_groups/thai.htm   (251 words)

 FACT SHEET: Thailand at a Glance   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Negotiation and compromise by Phibun (as he was known) and his colleagues in government enabled the Thai to avoid the whole weight of a Japanese occupation force during World War II.
Although officially the Thai government had declared war on the Allies, its declaration was never delivered or accepted in the United States, which became a gathering point for Thai resistance efforts.
Following the war, the Thai military continued its ascendancy in national life, and a growing communist insurgency in the 1950s prompted a buildup of Thai military strength.
deploymentlink.osd.mil /deploy/info/southeast_asia/thailand/index.shtml   (1089 words)

 Quality of life of elderly Putai, Sao, Nyo and Thai-Lao ethnic groups at rural area in Sakon Nakhon province.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Quality of life of elderly Putai, Sao, Nyo and Thai-Lao ethnic groups at rural area in Sakon Nakhon province.
The purposes of this research were to study the quality of life and the difference of the quality of life of elderly Putai, Sao, Nyo and Thai-Lao ethnic groups at the rural area in Sakon Nakhon Province.
Almost all elderly persons in 4 ethnic groups were able to normally do the activities for daily living.
library.kku.ac.th /abstract/thesis/mns/cn/2539/cn390001e.html   (400 words)

 China Overview and Introduction with General Information about China!
Although most of the nationalities can be seen as ethnic groups, the correspondence is not one to one.
Conversely, Hakka are often thought of as an ethnic group, but they generally considered a member of the Han nationality.
With some groups, such as the Tibetans and the Uighurs there is a great deal of resentment against the majority.
www.landingchina.com /china_overview/Chinese_Ethnic_Groups/index.htm   (357 words)

 Thailand hotel reservation and travel information by Thailand-hotels.net
The Thai people are famous for their smile and for their charming hospitality.
Several different ethnic groups, many of witch are marginalized, populate Thailand.
Some of these groups overlap into Myanmar, Laos, Combodia, and Malaysia and have maintained a distincity traditional way-of-life despite strong Thai cultural influence.
thailand-hotels.net   (275 words)

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