The Thai Lao question: the reappearance of Thailand’s ethnic Lao community and related policy questions

  title={The Thai Lao question: the reappearance of Thailand’s ethnic Lao community and related policy questions},
  author={John Draper and Peerasit Kamnuansilpa},
  journal={Asian Ethnicity},
  pages={105 - 81}
This article presents an anatomy of the 2011 Thailand Country Report to the Committee responsible for the UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, in which Thailand recognized its largest ethnic minority community, the Thai Lao, to the international community. The article analyses the Country Report as well as the deliberations of the Committee in dialogue with the Thailand Country Delegation. It provides a policy context for the Country Report, including… 
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Statistical Report on a Poll in Northeast Thailand on Aspects of Inclusion
  • J. Draper
  • Sociology
    Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
  • 2019
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