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Janet Sturgeon

Janet Sturgeon, Co-coordinator of the Southeast Asia CRN, has a doctorate from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently a two-year postdoctoral fellow in the Watson Institute at Brown University. Her research addresses the role of ethnic minority peoples, forests, and peripheral spaces in state formation. Her recently completed book manuscript, Practices on the Periphery: Border Politics and Landscape Plasticity at the Crossroads of China, Thailand, and Burma, has been submitted to the University of Washington Press. This is a comparative study of access to resources and land use for Akha shifting cultivators as they and the forests around them were included within the national boundaries and state imaginaries of China and Thailand. Her research under the SEA CRN will explore the effects of newly-implemented local village elections on villagers' access to resources, as well as on local understandings of "citizenship" in the Akha (Hani) village of her earlier research in China.

Huang Guiquan

Huang Guiquan, Male, Yao nationality, was born in 1967 in a farming family in Guangnan County, Yunnan Province. In 1989 he graduated from the Language Department of China Nationalities University, since when he has worked in ethnological research at the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences. His main fields of research include Yao linguistics, religion and resource utilization. In 1994 he was made a research associate and is also Deputy Secretary of the Yao Research Committee. Over the last 13 years he has participated in and convened a number of research projects, including: 'Yunnan Landing Yao naming practices research' and 'Yunnan Landing Yao shamanism research' (funded by the French National Science Research Centre) [1992-3]; 'Cultural change in Yunnan's Ethnic Minorities Research' [1996]; 'Ethnic Unity and Frontier Stability' [1997]; 'The characteristics of poverty alleviation in Yunnan' [1998]; 'Research on the change in traditional culture of the Nahong village Landing Yao' [1997]; 'Exchange, life cycle rituals and self-hood' (a project of the Taiwan National Academia Sinica) [1998-2001]; 'Kinship and economy on the Yun-Gui plateau' (a project of Taiwan Tsinghwa University) [1998-2000]; 'Socio-cultural aspects of natural resource management' (a project of the Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge) [1999-2000]. He has published over 20 research reports and papers on subjects related to the above research projects.

He Jianhua

He Jianhua, nationality Bai, works at the Institute of Ethnic Literature at the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, mainly researching the culture of the Zang (Tibetan) people, as well as other local ethnic groups in NW Yunnan. Can speak Zang, Bai, Lisu and Chinese. Publications include, among others, "Tibetan Bon Religion" in "The Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Ethnic Minorities of China" (2002), "In Praise of Kawargabo" [a book on a Tibetan holy mountain] (1997), "Language of the Body" [a translation of an ancient Tibetan story] (2000), "Gesa'er and 'Gesa'er' in Ancient Tibetan Stories" (1997), "The Dragon in Tibetan and Dongba Religions" (1995) and "The Traditional Agroecosystem of the Nama people in Tuoluo Village, Weixi" (2001).

Andreas Wilkes

Andreas Wilkes Andreas Wilkes (British citizen) is an anthropologist with training in both anthropology (MA) and economics (MSc). He has been engaged in research on issues related to poverty and poverty alleviation in rural China since 1995. From 1997 he worked with the Yunnan PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) Network on capacity building in participatory methodologies, and in 1999 he became involved in various research projects on community development and biodiversity conservation in ethnic minority communities in the Nujiang (Salween) valley in NW Yunnan. He has also recently undertaken research on understandings of development among Lisu villagers in the Nujiang area. In 1999, he assisted the Ford Foundation (Beijing office) develop a program of projects aiming to support the conservation of ethnic culture in Yunnan. His main current research interest concerns the role of cultural knowledge in contemporary development processes in ethnic minority communities of Yunnan. He is pursuing a PhD at the University of Kent (UK), focusing on the knowledge structures that inform decisions regarding animal husbandry among three agro-pastoralist ethnic groups in the Nujiang area. He is also coordinator of CBIK's agro-pastoralist livelihood project.

Luo Rongfen

Luo Rongfen was born in 1962 to a Dulong mother and a Bai father of mixed ethnic background in Gongshan county, NW Yunnan. She grew up in the county town until the age of 18, when she was selected to study Chinese at the Central Nationalities College in Beijing. Upon graduation in 1985 she was sent to work at the Institute of Ethnology of the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, where she has focused on the culture of the Dulong, Nu and Lisu inhabitants of the Salween valley. Her major works include Tatoo-faced Women in Nature (a book on Dulong women which has been translated into several languages), The Dulong Ethnic Minority (one of the series of Ethnic Perspectives books), and articles or book chapters on dream interpretation among the Dulong, sustainable development in the Dulong River area and social forestry practices of the Nu minority. From 1996 to 2000 she worked as a Program Officer for Oxfam Hong Kong, supervising community development projects in Lahu and Wa minority communities.

Maria A. Salas

Maria A. Salas, a Peruvian anthropologist, has a joint appointment as visiting professor at the Department of Ethnobotany of the Kunming Institute of Botany and the Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge (CBIK). She specializes in the Knowledge System Perspective, focusing on Indigenous Knowledge and culturally embedded biodiversity conservation. She teaches participatory methodologies for research, development, planning and training. Her research concentrates on the inextricable link between cultures and biodiversity and the empowerment of Indigenous Knowledge. Currently she is working on a research and action project in three ecosystems of Yunnan Province with different patterns of cultural diversity and resource management among ethnic minorities. Since the research findings are complex and multifaceted, she is documenting them as multimedias, films, exhibitions and articles, where the actors represent their own knowledge and explain the meaning of their practical skills.

Qian Jie

Ms. Qian Jie is a researcher in the Department of Ethnobotany, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research includes studying Hani natural resource management; analyzing community development; and participatory monitoring and evaluation. She is interested in the impacts of policy, population and property right on natural resource management, especially the effects of changes in land tenure on in China. She is currently involved in two projects, "People and Resource Dynamics in Mountain Watershed of Baoshan" and "Mapping Resource Tenure in the Mekong Basin: Yunnan, Laos, and Northern Thailand."

Wang Jieru

Wang Jieru is a researcher in the Department of Ethnobotany, Kunming Institute of Botany, a Kunming-based institute of the Chinese Academy of Science. Her undergraduate work was in anthropology, followed by a master's degree in ecology from Yunnan Unversity. Here thesis, "Traditional Collection and Management of Non-timber Forest Products in the Tropical Rainforest: case study in Jinuo community," was the beginning of an extended study of Jinuo access to resources, resource use, and gender relations. Publications related to CRN themes include: Forest Management and Biodiversity in Jinuo Society, in Proceedings of Symposium on Biodiversity of Yunnan, Yunnan Science and Technology Press, Kunming,1993; Plant Diversity in Swidden Agroecosystems: A case Study of Jinuo Community, in Regional Study on Biodiversity: Concepts, Frameworks, and Methods, Yunnan University Press, Kunming, 1994; The Position in Social Development and Historical Importance of Jinuo's Homegarden, in Proceedings of Symposium on Homegarden and Economy of China, Science Press, Beijing, 1995; and Case Study on Gender Issues in Lijiang County, Southwest China, in Searching for Women's Voices in the Hindu-Himalayas, International Center for integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1999. Her current research under the CRN will look at changing gender roles in Baka Village (Jinuo) in relation to forest management and the marketing of non-timber forest products, as these products have come to be sold increasingly to Han business people rather than to local Dai traders.
Heilongtan, Kunming, 650204, China
Tel: 0871- 5223217
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Fu Yonngshou

Fu Yongshou received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Central University for Minority Nationalities in Beijing in 1998. He is an Associate Professor of Politics at the Yunnan Arts Institute. He is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Kunming Institute of Botany. His research interests include landscape ecology, ethnobotany, and natural resource management. His current research focuses on the intersection of cultural diversity and biodiversity in the Mekong River watershed in Yunnan.

Wang Dongxin

Institutional affiliation: Yunnan Nationalities College

Xu Jianchu


Yang Fuquan

Yang Fuquan, an ethnic Naxi, holds a Ph.D. in Chinese ethnic history and culture. He is a professor and vice president of the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences in Kunming. He is the author of several books and articles on the problems of identification, cultural conflict, and cultural change among Naxi. Among them are the following:

The Mythical Love-pact Suicide of Naxi, Joint Publishing Company, Hong Kong, 1994, reprinted by Zhuhai Publishing House, Taiwan, 1995.
The Plural Cultures and Naxi Society, Yunnan People's Publishing House, 1998 (a national level research project).
The Life Gods and The Concept of Life and Death among Naxi, Yunnan People's Publishing House, 1994.
The Suicide for Love among Naxi, Publishing House of Shenzhen and the Education Publishing House of Jiangxi Province, 1999.
The Naxi Spiritual Road for the Dead, Haitian Publishing House of Shenzhen.
Looking of Souls of Ancestors, Earth Publishing Company, Taiwan, 2001.

Bio-bibliography for Chiang Mai Group:

Chayan Vaddhanaphuti Ph.D.

Chayan Vaddhanaphuti is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science and a co-founder of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. He teaches Politics of Ethnic Minorities in Southeast Asia, Conceptualization in Social Research and Research Methodology. His recent research interests focus on Social Construction of Identity among HIV/AIDS affected Persons, Negotiating for Place, Empowering Community: A Case of Pak Mun Dam in Northeast Thailand, and Contested Identity in Urban Chiang Mai. His most recent article (in Thai) "Anthropological Inquiry: Theoretical Perspective, Methodology and the Issue of Representation" will appear in The Journal of Research Methodology, Chulalongkorn University. Aside from his academic pursuit, he has been the Chairperson of the Northern Development Foundation, an NGO in Northern Thailand. He also has organized workshops on research methodology for Vietnamese researchers and NGO fieldworkers.

Chusak Wittayapak Ph.D.

Chusak Wittayapak, a lecturer in the Department of Geography and the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. He teaches political ecology and development geography. His research works include common property resource management, community forest, political ecology of protected areas in Thailand. His current research focuses on local history of resource contestation in Northern Thailand. He is also interested in land allocation and land reform policies in Laos and Vietnam. He is involved with politics of the environment and environmental movement in Thailand.

Kwanchewan Buadaeng Ph.D.

Kwanchewan Buadaeng is a researcher of the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development, Social Research Institute of Chiang Mai University. She got her M.A. in anthropology, with the thesis entitled "The Karen and the Khruba Khao Pi Movement: A Historical Study of the Response to the Transformation in Northern Thailand," from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines in 1988. She got her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2001, with the thesis entitled "Negotiating Religious Practices in a Changing Sgaw Karen Community in North Thailand". Her interest is in the issues of social space and identity, the negotiation of religious practices and meanings, millenarian movements including "Khuba" movements in Northern Thailand and ethnic groups in Mainland Southeast Asia, the Karen in particular One of her current research projects focuses on the comparison on ethnic and religious identity of the Karen ethnic group in Burma and in Thailand. Her research project under the ACLS-CRN Identifications project is on millenarian movements in the North and Northwest of Thailand. This project will look at the construction of sacred space participated by multi-ethnic local people, in negotiation with the official identification of the space.

Pinkaew Laungaramsri Ph.D.

Pinkaew Laungaramsri is an anthropologist and teaches sustainable development at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, northern Thailand. She is an author of a book entitled: Redefining Nature: Karen Ecological Knowledge and the Challenge to Modern Conservation Paradigm. Currently, she is undertaking two research projects relating to marginal people in northern Thailand. The first project is "Shifting Cultivation: Putting Debates in the Local Context," which is a collaborative research with NGOs and local communities. The second project is a study about Shan woman exiles in Thailand and their views about national identities.

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