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From Southwest China into Upper Indochina: an overview of Hmong (Miao) migrations

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From southern China through mountainous Vietnam, Laos and eventually as far south as the Chao Phraya basin in Thailand, groups of Hmong swiddeners were seen migrating during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When, and under what circumstances did large chunks of this sub-group of the Miao from Guizhou and its periphery move their settlements to the southern part of the continental Southeast Asia Massif? Who were they? What was their history before these migrations? This paper makes use of early evidence to shed some light on the main causes of that march into the mountain ranges of the Peninsula.
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Keywords: Hmong; Miao; South-East Asia; ethno-history; highland minorities

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: Department of South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, Hull, UK

Publication date: 1997-08-01

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