This project is a participatory qualitative study of youth in Southern Thailand, who are coming of age amidst a long-running ethnic conflict in the three provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Nrathiwat that comprise Thailand’s Deep South, home to a majority Malay Muslim population. Due to ethnic tension with the Thai majority Buddhist population, the region has experienced episodes of resistance and conflict for centuries. The research involves collaborators from four schools at UVA and an authentic partnership with colleagues in the region. This formative study will serve to inform current community-engaged practice and will serve as a foundation for a larger study to engage youth in the development of place-based services to promote wellbeing and engagement for peace across ethnic lines.
This project is funded by Youth Nex