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By Sara L. M. Davis

In the sunny, subtropical Sipsongpanna zone, Tai Lues practice flirtatious, exoticized dances for an more and more transforming into vacationer exchange. counseled through chinese language officers, who view the Tai Lues as a "model minority," those staged performances are a part of a delicately sanctioned ethnic coverage. even though, behind the curtain and clear of the eyes and ears of visitors and the chinese language govt, a special type of cultural resurgence is taking place.

In this brilliant and fantastically advised ethnography, Sara L. M. Davis finds how Tai Lues are reviving and reinventing their tradition in ways in which contest the reputable kingdom model. conscientiously fending off govt repression, Tai Lues have rebuilt Buddhist temples and made them into very important facilities for the Tai neighborhood to collect, speak about their destiny, and convey discontent. Davis additionally describes the resurgence of the Tai language obtrusive in a renewed curiosity in epic storytelling and conventional songs in addition to the recognition of Tai pop song and laptop publishing initiatives. all through her paintings, Davis weaves jointly the voices of clergymen, singers, and activists to check problems with cultural authenticity, the prestige of ethnic minorities in China, and the becoming cross-border contacts between Tai Lues in China, Thailand, Burma, and Laos.

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