At the very end of this outstanding and fascinating work of anthropology, author Nguyen Van Thang explains the need for this book and others like it:
“The ways in which [Vietnam, China and Thailand] have treated ethnic minorities, therefore, as well as the ways in which the minorities have reacted to state ethnic policies, suggest that ethnic tension and conflict are very much present in modern, multi-ethnic nation-states. Thus ethnicity will become increasingly important in international politics as well as domestic affairs. This makes it all the more important to study continuity and change in the ethnic identities of indigenous peoples in the context of multi-ethnic nation-states (p.176).”
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