Meeting : “History of the Lahu and Wa Baptist
8th March 2016.
talk by David Lawitts
Wa and Lahu ethnic minorities along the China-Burma border held an
ancient tradition that a White Man holding a White Book would one day
arrive to the mountains to bring knowledge of the one true God – so
when American Baptist missionaries first entered British Burma in the
early 1900s, this tradition perfectly prepared the Wa and Lahu for mass
conversion. Building off of last year’s talk on Harold Young, this
presentation will be a detailed look at his father, William Marcus
Young, a pioneer missionary in Shan State, Burma, and Yunnan, China,
and the man who first planted the roots in Southeast Asia from which
theYoung family legacy would grow.
Lawitts is an American who has lived on and off in Chiang Mai since
2002 studying ethnic minorities in the mountainous borderlands of
Southeast Asia, and their relationship between these groups and their
respective “host” governments. He is a close friend of the Young family
of baptist missionaries and has amassed an unprecedented body of
research on their legacy and impact in Thailand, Laos and Burma. During
undergraduate (B.A., East Asian Studies, University of Madison in
Wisconsin) and graduate research (M.A., Sustainable Development, Chiang
Mai University), he has studied ethnic minoritiesin the Mekong region and the relationship between hill tribes and their respective “host” governments.
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