Rice-scapes across Borders: On the Asian Rice-scapes Panel at the 6th Asian Borderlands Networks Conference

The 6thconference of the Asian Borderlands Network was held at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, between August 13–15. The central theme, “Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources,” inspired the panel convenors to propose a broad array of topics covering the different corners of Asia.

Field Notes from the Forest: Agricultural Traditions in Huay Hin Lad Nai

Under the project Living with and in the Forest in Northern Thailand, 17 young members of the Karen community in Huay Hin Lad Nai village form the research team that aims to collect data on a number of key community issues, including the historical background of their community, the villagers’ local knowledge on forest classification and their customary use of natural resources. 

These notes by young researcher Nong Daojai describe the traditional practices and rituals on during the planting of upland rice.

Orraya's Diary from Her Stay at Huay Hin Lad Nai Village—Part Two

The team from Chiang Mai University led by Malee Sitthikriengkrai and Siya Uthai are investigating the livelihood practices of the Karen ethnic group in Huay Hin Lad Nai village of Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand.

One of their research assistants, Orraya, went to stay at the village and live with the community members to learn about their lives, and documented her stay in the form of a diary. The first part of Orraya's diary can be found here.

Planning a workshop with the youth of Hin Lad Nai

The CMU team, as a part of its project, has been planning a workshop for the youth of Hin Lad Nai on Food Sovereignty and Community Forest Management. The workshop will aim at building the capacity of the ethnic youth to become community researchers, and thus, to be able to analyze and document their community background, resource management practices and their traditional livelihoods. In a previous blog post, they had written about a rotational farming workshop they attended at the village.


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