Qhawl qai le?
The Lahu are Burmo-Tibetan minority that resides within North Eastern Burma, Northern Thailand, and South West China. Lahu live in rural agricultural villages, small cities and modern metropolises throughout Southeast Asia and southwest China. Lahu people today use a wide variety of shared media, including cassette tapes, CDs and VCDs, radio programs, and movies to share their language. Dr. Judy Pine studies how different Lahu language media help create the common sense of what it means to be Lahu and how these different styles of media get dispersed over these geographically diverse boundaries and how they help shape the distinct relationships Lahu have with particular nation-states and religions.
“It is our task to discover among all the varieties of human behavior those that are common to all humanity. By a study of the universality and variety of cultures anthropology may help us to shape the future course of mankind.”~ Franz Boas (1940)