A young boy reads by oil lamp light at his home on Phra Thong Island, Phang-nga/Thailand, which does not have electricity. He is a member of the Moklens, an ethnic group living along the Andaman Coast in southwestern Thailand with its own language that lacks an alphabet. In the last decades, most Moklen people chose to abandon their identity and assimilate themselves into the mainstream Thai culture to avoid discrimination. Their language and culture are now severely endangered. Only a small group of older generations aged over 60 can speak Moklen.
A team of linguists and anthropologists are working together with local communities to document and revitalize the Moklen language and culture as an empowering tool to enhance cultural assets and strengthen the identity of this marginalized ethnic group, which remains invisible in mainstream media.
This photo is from my ongoing project since 2021 to document the endangered language and culture of the Moklen people with experts in linguistics, anthropology, and archive management.