Meeting : “The Communist Party Of Thailand: Hmong Experiences And Perspectives”.
Tuesday, 11th October 2016.
A talk by Ian G. Baird.
the now defunct Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) is mentioned in
Thailand today, most people immediately think of the students who fled
to the forests after political turmoil and unrest that preceded the
October 6, 1976 student massacre at Thammasat University in Bangkok.
There is much less consideration given to the main group of people in
northern Thailand who had already joined the CPT for over ten years by
that time: the Hmong living in provinces bordering Laos. Furthermore,
there has been little consideration given to the Hmong who did not join
the CPT but instead chose to side with the Royal Thai government and
army. This presentation will provide background information about the
Hmong and the CPT in northern Thailand and suggest some of the main
issues and questions that are emerging from research done to date.
Ian G. Baird is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. However, during the 2016-2017 academic year he is
on sabbatical leave from UW-Madison and is based in Chiang Mai, where
he is affiliated with the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development at
Chiang Mai University. Dr. Baird’s research is ongoing, but he has
conducted many interviews with Hmong people regarding their experiences
between the 1960s and the 1980s, as well as with non-Hmong people with
relevant knowledge and experiences related to Hmong involvement in the
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