Akha Hill Tribe Thailand

http://www.akha.org Heart of the Golden Triangle in South East Asia, the Akha Hill Tribe people find themselves living in the mountain border zones of five countries, fighting to sustain their way of life in a time of consumerism and destruction of the natural environment. Embattled to defend their traditional culture from seige by american missionaries, they hang on. See how you can help. Join: akhaweeklyjournal-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Make a donation or be a volunteer in Thailand.

Saturday, October 05, 2002

Thai Government Officials Keep Insisting That Hilltribe Take Thai Names

The officials at the Mae Faluang Ampuf office, Chiangrai, Thailand are telling all the parents who come in to register the births of their children that they must use a Thai name even though they are not Thai by race or heritage. (This is Thailand after all).

This is highly racist and illegal, to force hilltribe peoples to take a Thai name and obscure their identity and force assimilation in every area of their life.

This is the same country that now heads the WTO for the next two years, and that wants to head the WHO in asia.

Thailand needs to be treated as it treats others for a while.

All aid to Thailand needs to be based on how they treat the hilltribe and other marginalized communities.

Thailand's fascination with things Nazi are no mistake.
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