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From the Archives: Thailand´s Minorities

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For many years, I have been reporting on the plight of Thailand’s minorities – the so-called ‘hill tribes’ in the north of the country, and the sea nomads, also known as sea gypsies in the south.

Unfortunately, much of what I have written about the problems these stateless people are facing, has been published in German. My book Kulturschock Thailands Bergvölker und Seenomaden, published in 2006, remains in print and I have recently written about the continuing threat from missionaries who coerce hill tribe villagers to become Christians in Spiegel online and MERIAN.

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While I was researching my book on Thailand´s minorities, I did publish a brief summary of the country’s main ethnic communities in English and I am reposting this short English-language introduction from Lifestyle + Travel here.

Readers interested in Cambodia’s ethnic minorities should take a look at this report about the country’s Bunong community, I produced for FFI (Fauna & Flora International).

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