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Title: Akha Chronicles
Description/subject: 53 sections on line (January 2006)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Akha Heritage Foundation
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 December 2010


Title: Akha Heritage Foundation
Description/subject: "A Nation In Search Of A State" "Purpose of this web site: The purpose of this website is to provide definitive information about critical events effecting the lives of the Akha people in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. How to use this web site: This web site is broken down into five categories: 1. Information from and about the Akha; 2. Projects that assist the Akha; 3. Administrative information, reports and commentary; 4. Volunteer opportunities and how you can participate; 5. Information about the Akha Heritage Foundation. "The Akha Heritage Foundation delivers vital aid and services to a mountain network of more than 300 villages. "If you are interested in receiving information of events via e-mail you may subscribe to the popular Akha Weekly Journal on Yahoo Groups by clicking the link below. Feel free to browse through the many past issues in the Yahoo Archives. Akha Weekly Journal via E-mail Akha Weekly Journal is our e-mail newsletter about the life of the Akha people and our work with them. One of the items of content we sometimes discuss in the journal is "Akha Zauh". We use the name "Akha Zauh" because "Zauh" in Akha, refers to the Law, Culture and the "heart of" being Akha. "In a time when so many outsiders are denying that the Akha have a culture and have done so much to systematically eliminate these traditions we would like to show that the Akha, as much as any other people, have an extensive history, legal system, intricate culture and sizeable collection of literature. "The weekly e-mail journal gives updates of events here among the Akha as we work on providing medical services, clean water, literature development in Akha language, literacy in Akha language, seeds for nutrition, and advocacy services. This is not a highly polished journal, this is more the result of whatever the week's work has involved, the highlights, interesting commentary and whatever else can be fit in while bordering on exhaustion..." There is an archive of "The Akha Weekly Journal" from February 1999 (click on the Yahoogroup link and/or subscribe to the list).
Language: English
Source/publisher: Akha Heritage Foundation
Alternate URLs: http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/AkhaWeeklyJournal
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: Gender Gap and Women’s Political Participation in Burma/Myanmar
Date of publication: 26 July 2015
Description/subject: Abstract: "Women's political participation and representation vary dramatically within and between countries. This paper selectively reviews the literature on gender gap and women's participation in politics, focusing on women's formal political participation particularly from 2010 general election in Burma/Myanmar. The paper discusses, however, various barriers and challenges including traditional, religion, lack of education, experience in public discussion, participation and more importantly the military drafted 2008 constitution for women's political participation and representation in Burma/Myanmar. It also explains significance of women's political participation as well as the role of international mechanisms and gender quotas particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Electoral Quotas System for empowering women’s participation in politics. Then, it explores the gap between the 2008 Constitution and the CEDAW standards. Throughout the review, the paper demonstrates a very low level of women's political participation from secondary data as well as in-­‐depth interviewed with women parliamentarians explained the challenges and difficulties for women participation in politics of decision-­‐making. It also reveals the most common mechanism for increasing women’s political participation-­‐quotas and in order to have an effective the gender electoral quotas system it is explicitly important both men and women attend training and skills development. Importantly, the paper also asks what degree and under what conditions elected women actually do represent women and contribute to gender equality, democracy and whether women are distinctive—does having more women in office make a difference to public policy?".....Paper delivered at the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015.
Author/creator: Sang Hnin Lian
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015
Format/size: pdf (181K)
Alternate URLs: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th/web/Burma/home.php#
Date of entry/update: 08 August 2015


Title: Language Vitality among the Akha in Myanmar
Date of publication: 26 July 2015
Description/subject: Abstract: "The spread of telecommunications networks and the growth in cross-border trade and travel bring minority language communities in Myanmar into ever greater contact with external influences presenting those communities with new choices and new challenges for their language, culture and group identity. In this context, it is important for a community to be able to assess the vitality of their language at the present moment as well as the likely direction of movement in coming years. This paper describes a sociolinguistic study of language vitality of the Akha communities in Eastern Shan State, Myanmar. Fieldwork involved data collection in 18 Akha villages during Apr-Jul 2014. Factors including Age, Gender and Religious Affiliation were used in the research design. The Extended Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale (EGIDS) (Lewis & Simons 2015:104-117) was used to characterise language vitality and the FAMED conditions (Lewis &Simons 2015:159-189) to assess the extent to which the current level of vitality is sustainable. Overall, Akha language vitality was assessed at EGIDS level 5: “the language is used orally by all generations and is effectively used in written form in parts of the community (Lewis & Simons 2010:110)”. The study found considerable dissimilarities among different villages, with religious affiliation a major predictor of literacy proficiency and usage. The role of the non-formal literacy program operating in Christian villages in sustaining the current level of vitality will be discussed.".....Paper delivered at the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015.
Author/creator: Ah Suhn Ghoemeh
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015
Format/size: pdf (176K)
Alternate URLs: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th/web/Burma/home.php#
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2015