Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific

College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Forced Labour'

Karen – Dtamersu Bwamadta

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Forced Labour, Karen

Dtamersu Bwamadta Relates to forced labour Literally: – Dtamersu – Demand – Bwamadta – Hard work The Karen are familiar with a number of terms for forced labour, the most widely used being the Burmese expression of Lok-a-pei or Loh Ah Pay. The term loh ah pay has been traditionally used in the past to refer to work […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Shan – Taek Tang Jai Heng Lai

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Forced Labour, Shan

Taek Tang Jai Heng Lai Relates to forced labour This term comes from combining taektaeng, ‘to oppress’, with jai (or zai), ‘to employ services, make use of’, heng, ‘strength or energy’ and lai, ‘free, without payment’. The expression then carries the idea of ‘oppressing by using one’s strength to get something for free’. This term […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Burmese – Lok-a pei

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Forced Labour

Lok-ā pēi Relates to contribute labour; forced labour Lok-ā means labor, service, help, or assistance.  Lok-ā pēi (literally, work-strength-give) is an ambiguous term meaning ‘give labor’, which describes neither the nature of the work in question, nor the conditions under which it is provided.  It is variously translated as ‘contribute labor’, ‘volunteer one’s services’, ‘voluntary […]

[Read more →]

Tags: