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About the Author
Hjorleifur Jonsson is Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University. He is the author of Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand, from Cornell University Press and coeditor of Contests in Contexts: Readings in the Anthropology of Sports.
Table of Contents
Preface: A Sense of Where We Are xi
Maps of Northern Thailand and Laos; Greater Southeast Asia; and China's Provinces xvii
Introduction: Zomia and the World of Books 1
Chapter 1 Asian Ethnic Frontiers 25
Chapter 2 Iu Mien and the War in Laos 49
Chapter 3 Thailand with the Mien 89
Chapter 4 Finding Home in the United States 117
Afterword: Coming Home, Slowly 141
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