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This blog used to contain some of my posts about my activities with the Karen people of Northern Thailand.


Roughly, the details are as below.


1) You can see quite a lot of my photos and written material archived that this OneDrive site:

You can see here

1) Material in English and Japanese on the Karen System of Rotational Swidden Farming

2) A Karen language glossary

3) A few Karen folktales in English

4) Photos related to swidden farming

5) Photos related to the novel “Look Down- See the Women Weep” (More below)


You cannot see here

1) The novel “Look Down- See the Women Weep” because it is now on sale at (search for the author “Francis Ferguson”).

2) This interesting paper by my one of my Karen friends:

Trakansuphakorn, Prasert, Space of Resistance and Place of Local Knowledge in Karen Ecological Movement of Northern Thailand: The Case of Pgaz K’Nyau Villages in Mae Lan Kham River Basin, Tonan Ajia Kenkyu (Southeast Asian Studies) Vol. 45, No.4, March 2008.

This paper is available now in pdf format (pdf file, 24 MB)

The address for the pdf archive is:


About the novel “Look down…”
A young Englishman, Chris, who has been living in Japan for some years doing research on post-fossil resource era lifestyles, is now in Thailand to study different forms of sustainable agriculture. He becomes interested in the Karen, a highland people living mostly in eastern Burma and northern and western Thailand, and their traditional system of farming, rotational swidden farming. Just by chance, Chris finds himself joining a small Karen folk group for a tour of several Karen villages. During the tour, he is ‘set up’ to meet Karen leaders who talk to him about the Karen campaign for land rights in the forests, and tell him the story of their people and their struggle against the Thai government over the last 30 years. Each village presents a different facet of modern Karen life. If you want to know ‘who the Karen are’, about their culture and their problems, and also perhaps get a clearer idea of where the rest of the world is going post-fossil energy resources in terms of sustainable food production and living, the money economy, spiritualism/materialism, and so on, then this is a book you will enjoy reading. A further feature of the novel is that when Chris sleeps each night, he has a dream based on a Karen folktale. These folktales have been translated by the author, some from Thai, but mostly from the original Karen language and are therefore appearing in English for the first time.

Thanks and I hope perhaps you will enjoy reading it.

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