Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

Whereas the Lahu people residing in the mountainous areas of border regions retain a high degree of ethnic and cultural homogeneity at the beginning of the 21st century, their gender unitary system has grown more incoherent and less influential (Du, 2002). As a result of the political and economic incorporation of Lahu-inhabited areas into national and global systems, the isolation and cohesion of Lahu culture and society have been increasingly undermined. Specifically, with more and more villages gaining access to electricity, television and other forms of mass media entertainment have replaced the singing of Lahu folk songs in rural life. It is unrealistic to expect Lahu youth who grow up watching Gongfu (Kung-Fu) movies and television shows such as Baywatch to develop a coherent world view of male-female dyads as illustrated in Lahu origin myths and other oral literature. In addition, Lahu villagers' increasing involvement in the market economy has greatly intensified flexibility in interhousehold reciprocities, undermining the structural significance of household networks between the head couples.

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