Documentation and revitalization of endangered languages in the Upper Mekong region
The culture unit of the UNESCO Bangkok Office implemented this program in the framework of the Trafficking and HIV/AIDS project to diffuse information using ethnic minority languages.
The culture unit of the UNESCO Bangkok Office implemented this program in the framework of the Trafficking and HIV/AIDS project to diffuse information using ethnic minority languages. In Thailand, a 30-episode soap opera against trafficking, HIV/AIDS and non-traditional drug use was produced in cooperation with local research institutions, broadcasting entities and ethnic minority authors and speakers of in Lahu, a minority language of the north; it aired in 2004. This project also laid the groundwork for a similar production in the Naxi language spoken around the town of Lijiang in the Yunnan Province in China: a two-month training class taught community members the official transcription for Naxi and developed a working vocabulary for HIV/AIDS, trafficking and drug prevention. The training also served to invigorate reading and writing of the Naxi language, which is widely spoken, but rarely written. The graduates of this seminar will be the actors and actresses in the Naxi soap opera to be produced by the Lijiang Municipal Broadcasting Station. The scripts, tapes and related outputs of the programmes are being packaged, and are available for educational re-use in the communities, schools and local health offices.