Hmong girl carrying firewood at Xieng Khouang Province, Laos

Lia Genovese

Lia Genovese

Lia Genovese
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Photo relates to Southeast Asian Archaeology and particularly a lovely and friendly Hmong schoolgirl I came across during my doctoral fieldwork at the Plain of Jars, Laos. I was captivated by her toothy smile but felt very sad for her heavy load and because she should have been at school rather than carrying a heavy load on her thin, child-like shoulders.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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