The Kayan Padaung Community in Phekhon

Pascal Koo-Thwe

in Burmese Lives

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780199335039
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199366750 | DOI:
                      The Kayan Padaung Community in Phekhon

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Pascal Khoo-Thwe writes about his hometown of Pekhon, in southern Shan state, which is inhabited by the majority members of his ethnic tribe, the Kayan Padaung, mainly known for their “giraffe-necked” women. After 1988, the Burmese army confiscated lands and jungles that his ethnic group had relied on for centuries for survival, and they also built a major army base there. Khoo-Thwe examines the impact of “foreign” invasion and tyranny, combined with globalization on a small group and their environment. He does this through life stories of a few people that he knew well from his childhood. He pays particular attention to their mental conditions as well as their survival techniques, and their ultimate fates.

Keywords: Kayan Padaung; land confiscation; survival techniques

Chapter.  6257 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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