meeting : “Governing Hmongs in Thailand: Political Networks, Spaces & Places”
19th November 2015.
talk by David Chambers
Much research done about Hmong people in Thailand has fallen
into a territorial trap that often groups the Hmong of Thailand into
one single group in terms of group political identity and experience.
This talk will look at the divisions of Hmong along lines of political
vision from the perspective of refugee Hmong populations in Thailand
versus Hmong that have resided longer in Thailand. The speaker’s
research investigates how these groups/categories are viewed/ignored by
themselves (Hmong people) and others (ethnic outsiders) and in turn how
these actors govern and work to develop Hmong people in Thailand
Chambers is a PhD student in Geography at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. He became interested in Hmong people at a young age.
He grew up in Merced, CA, where there is a sizable Hmong population and
did volunteer work in Thailand. It was this experience that allowed him
to become acquainted with Hmong people in Thailand.
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