Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Annotation #8

The Refugee Experience In Thailand
This article talks about hundred thousand Hmong took a dangerous journey on foot across the Mekong River to get to Thailand. The early Hmong movement was divide into three wave. These wave depend on what date you arrive in Thailand. The condition of the camps varied from barely tolerable to awful. When the camp first open there was no toilets, no water to wash themselves, no clinic for the sick, no jobs, no land to grow food, and no way of getting money to buy food. More than 90% of Hmong refugees in Thailand had been accepted for resettlement to the United States. Life for the Hmong refugees in Thailand became more difficult as the goveernment consolidated camps and tightened control over camp life. The Thai is worried about the growing Hmong population that they put a policy of "humane deterrence." Its designed to deter asylum seeker and to encourage those already in Thailand to resettle to the West or to return to Laos. The Hmong refugee in the Thailand camps have lived there for many years now. Different generations develop marked differences in the way they pattern their daily lives and envision life beyond the camp. In the camps women can make money by sewing handicarfts and clothing, in this case women are more success at earning wages than men. For the young people they learned English along with Thai, in this case they learn thing faster than adults.


Anonymous said...

I am researching Na Pho camp from the time period 1982. My husband was there then for a very short time before moving to the Phillipines camp. Do you know if there was a school in Na Pho for children then or was it later? If so, what subjects did they teach? Any English? Were all the teachers Thai?

Thanks for any help,
L. Manivong

Mr. Hatten said...

Cynthia - nice work on all your reserarch. Have a great summer!