Mong People, Thailand
Originally from the highlands of China, Laos, Burma and Vietnam, the Hmong people are an ethnic people group dependent on subsistence farming amidst arable lands. During the 18th century, a political uprising took place leaving the Hmong population at the mercy of political persecution which in turn began the start of the mass migration south to neighboring Thailand.
This forced migration left the Hmong with little access to arable land, thus forcing a shift in employment patterns as food could not be grown in large enough quantities to be sold in local markets. Today, the Hmong people are often seen throughout the streets of Thailand’s larger cities selling handicrafts, marked by their unique dress.
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