In Thailand, I was able to meet and photograph (and videotape) some Kayan women–otherwise known as “long neck women.” Unfortunately, their way of life seemed stripped down to nothing more than a tourist attraction.
You’ve likely heard of them.
Tribal people whose women have extraordinarily long necks wrapped and stretched in gold-colored rings.
This is not a Thai tradition; nor is it a practice of the people to whom most of our students belonged and whose ethnic kin we came to see: the Hmong.
It is a tradition of the Kayan, a people from Burma.
But like the Hmong, the Kayan have settled in Thailand following unrest back home. This allowed for our encounter…
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