The Lisu: Far from the Ruler
Book launch by Michele Zack

7pm, Wednesday February 14, 2018
Members: free, non-members 450 baht; Thai journalists and students with ID 150 Baht
'Lisu: Far from the Ruler' is the first book about the small ethnic group living primarily in mountainous regions of southwest China, Myanmar, and northern Thailand. The author, historian and journalist Michele Zack, started working on the Lisu in the 1990s. Her book documents the effects of 30 years of globalization on this one small ethnic group. Living in three countries with very different political systems, the Lisu covered in a few years ground that took most people generations to assimilate. Civil wars, economic transformation, and existential obstacles have not yet erased the Lisu's strong ethnic identity, even as they embrace every modern advantage available to them. The book brings the Lisu worldview to life through vivid accounts of individuals, communities, regions, and practices. Zack will discuss the fascinating Lisu culture and worldview - providing insights into personal political choices people make in a world turning towards authoritarianism.
Michele Zack is an author and historian interested in the intersection of ideas in a changing world. With a background in journalism, her more recent focus has been broadening the context of local history to examine larger historical trends and themes. In partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, she has written and programmed several national Teaching American History grants to make history more compelling and relevant to today's students.

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