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Laos: First Book in TAEC Ethnography Series Released
The English translation of The Tai Daeng of Hua Phan Province, Lao People's Democratic Republic is now available at TAEC and our on-line shop. Translated from Thai into English by Linda S. McIntosh, this first book in the TAEC Ethnography Series gives historical background and documents the contemporary lives of the Tai Daeng in Laos.
Sumitr Pitiphat, professor of Anthropology at Thammasat University of Bangkok, Thailand wrote the original book and has studied the Tai peoples of Laos, northern Vietnam, and southwest China. The book explores traditions and changes including this group's traditional belief system and their conversion to Buddhism and the external factors that have led to changes in their handwoven textiles.
Translation of this book into English brings information about the Tai Daeng in Laos to a larger audience. We hope it will build greater understanding of the rapid change facing ethnic groups here," notes TAEC Co-Director Tara Gujadhur.
The publication received support from the Henry Luce Foundation and Translation Project Group/AAS Southeast Asia Council and private donors.
Receive a 40% discount off of the cover price of $25 if you purchase the book at our on-line shop before 31 March. Use the code TAIDAENG