The Pa-O: Rebels and Refugees

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Silkworm Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Social Science - 106 pages
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The Pa-O are one of Burma's many ethnic minorities, considered to be one of the four main subgroups of the Karen. They live primarily in southwestern Shan State, where they have maintained their own language and culture for centuries. They were engaged in a forty-year insurgency against the government of Burma, which ended with a cease-fire in 1994.
This is the first book on the Pa-O in English. Drawing upon historical accounts, contemporary writing, and personal interviews, the authors present the mythological and historical background of the Pa-O in Burma and Thailand. They recount the recent political history and focus on the experiences and difficulties of one village community that was forced to relocate ten times between 1978 and 1996. Interviews with several recently arrived Pa-O provide first-hand evidence of the difficult conditions under which the Pa-O live both in Burma Thailand.

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The PaO of Burma
The PaO in Thailand
A PaO Village on the Run

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About the author (2006)

Russ Christensen has spent over four years with the Pa-O in the Mae Hong Son area of northern Thailand. Sann Kyaw, and ethnic Pa-O, completed two years at the University of Mandalay before the universities were closed in 1988.

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