Dai People

Folklore of the Dai Ethnic Group article selected from Travel China weekly The Dai ethnic people live in compact communities in the southwest frontier of China in Yunnan Province. The beauty of the subtropical natural scene is enhanced by exquisite bamboo houses, charming Dai women in their colorful clothes, and other sights with strong Dai characteristics. The […]

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Hill Tribes

Hill Tribes in Chiang Rai, Thailand Hill tribes add to Chiang Rai’s wondefully diverse ethnic mix. Approximately 12.5% of the population of Chiang Rai province belong to the various hill tribe groups, a colourful minority in northern Thailand. Scattered through the mountains and valleys of northern Thailand are ethnic minorities that include; Dara-ang, Akha, Lua, […]

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Akha (Ekaw)

Akha are the largest of the hill tribe groups, and originated in Tibet and Southern China, before they migrated to Burma, Laos and Thailand. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNm_0i-VP7A The video above is of Akha women in full traditional dress, dancing at the Hill Tribe Cultural & Sunflower Festival, Doi Hua Mae Kham, Chiang Rai province (Nov 2010) Perhaps […]

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Yao (Mien)

Some 33,000 Mien are located in Thailand, remaining closely connected to their Chinese heritage. Their language, long ago derived from Han Chinese, is written in Chinese characters. Their paintings are usually of a religious nature. Artworks incorporate ancient Chinese artistic styles, albeit with a distinctive Yao style, and are sought after by Western collectors. Yao […]

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Tai Lue

The Tai Lue (Dai Lue) have one of the oldest recorded histories, the first Lue Kingdom was formed in southern Yunnan in 1180. The original areas controlled by the Tai Lue included both sides of the Mekong River in the Sipsongpanna region of Yunna, southern China. The “Sipsongpanna” (or “Xishuangbanna”) Dai are the Dai Lue […]

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People and Races

Myanmar is a union of 135 ethnic groups with their own languages and dialects. The major races are the Kachin, the Kayah, the Kayin, the Chin , the Mon, the Bamar, the Rakhine, and the Shan. The name Myanmar embraces all the ethnic groups. Composition of the Different Ethnic Groups under the 8 Major National Ethnic Races in Myanmar (A) Kachin comprises 12 different […]

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Vietnamese Ethnic Groups

Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country’s population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totalling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds […]

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