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Why is Bok Chee smiling so much?

Bok Chee radiates joy and contentment In his village of Huay Lu Luang, Bok Chee stands out for his easygoing nature and warm smile. It isn’t uncommon to find him joking with his neighbors or playing with his granddaughter in between taking care of the family farm. For most people in Bok Chee’s village, life […]
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Keep making small improvements

For Jing, the road to a better life seemed daunting. Jing lived with her husband, Tan, in the hills of Northern Thailand. They endured much together, and cared for one another, even at times when this was very difficult. “Our family had no money in savings,” she said to describe their earlier situation. “We had […]
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The wisdom of Jah Cho

Jah Cho’s smile is contagious If you catch Jah Cho among his neighbors in Northern Thailand, you won’t have to wait very long before he offers up some jokes. His many stories, told in his Lahu dialect, are always accompanied with a big smile and belly laugh. Jah Cho is a happy soul, and he […]
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Statelessness, Status, and Solutions: A unique challenge in Thailand

Statelessness is a serious issue for many populations in Northern Thailand. Last month, the world’s attention turned to Northern Thailand, as a difficult and bold rescue operation sought to free a boy’s soccer team that had been trapped in the Tham Luang Cave for over two weeks. After surviving for weeks on a diminishing supply […]
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From Myanmar to her own backyard, Na Kuh creates change

Conflict drove her family from Myanmar into Thailand. “We walked from our village into a border area, then into Thailand,” Na Kuh recounted to us. “There were two or three families together, with our children. It took us about a week to enter into that border area. While we were walking on the Burmese side, […]
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For these hilltribes, change begins in the backyard

In Northern Thailand, ethnic minorities are creating much needed sustainable change by starting right at home. Life isn’t easy for the hilltribes in Northern Thailand. As ethnic minorities, many of them are subject to various forms of persecution and discrimination. Many of them are refugees and can remember a time of having to flee to […]
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Sustainability means giving beyond our own lives

Jah Cho has seen how hard life can be. In Northern Thailand you'll find dozens of small villages where several ethnic minorities live. Many tribal groups have never been granted national citizenship. Many have faced persecution from the state. It isn’t uncommon to find older adults willing to talk about how they once had to […]
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Farms, Food, and Family: Khamsee’s Transformation

For years Khamsee was unable to put food on the table. Much of Thailand has grown internationally familiar as the country has boomed as a tourist hot spot in recent years. Cities like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai see the bulk of visitors. Many of the country’s rural areas, however, garner far less attention. In […]
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