The Practice of Learning among Shan Migrant Workers in Chiang Mai

ISBN : 9786163982575

ผู้แต่ง : Kyaw Kyaw Min Htut

จำนวนหน้า : 120

พิมพ์ครั้งที่ : 1

วันที่พิมพ์: 02/2561

ประเภท : หนังสือ

กลุ่มสาขา : ด้านสังคมศาสตร์และมนุษยศาสตร์

ราคาปก (บาท) : 300.00 บาท

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Chiang Mai hosts a large population of immigrant workers from Burma (Myanmar), the majority of them Shan—or Thai Yai—Burma’s largest ethnic minority. Some come as refugees from civil war, an oppressive military, and great poverty. Others come for better-paid jobs. The book focuses on the importance of learning in establishing their new life and new social networks in Thailand. Most of them have had only elementary education in Burma, due to limited facilities in Shan State. They have to learn to speak Thai, which comes easily as their Thai Yai dialect is very similar. They also need to learn to read and write, as Thai Yai uses a different script. Many take advantage of the educational facilities available to them in Thailand to study English and other languages or computer science, or to take various vocational training courses. Some aspire to go on to higher education; others hope to put their new-found learning to use back in Burma or by improving their work status in Thailand.

The writer stresses the importance of non-institutional learning, eg practicing Thai with neighbours and at work; learning new skills at work; learning about Thai culture from personal interactions and the media – TV, radio, journals.

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