PanSuriya Art Post

Art and Ideas: Amporn Jirattikorn on Shan migrants
6 February 2009, 10:11
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Dr Amporn Jirattikorn will draw on her interesting research on the world of Shan migrants in Thailand to discuss the shifting perception of Shans in Thailand. They are seen at times as ethnic brothers who deserve support and sympathy, and as aliens who are grudgingly tolerated and put to use.

This will be related to the experiences of Shan prisoners in a Chiang Mai prison. These long-term prisoners create a national experience among themselves through radio, media, music, and literature, with a tenuous link to the outside world. An informal presentation will be followed by discussion. Ten per cent of any art sales, and 20 per cent of any other sales will be donated to a local organisation, Cultural Canvas, to provide art experiences for the children of migrants in Chiang Mai. Or choose to donate to a fund to provide medical care to people crossing the border for medical care. See for one case. at


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