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Thailand Village Renaming Celebration Event
On February 8-9, The Asia Foundation, in cooperation with local partners, the Center for Conservation for Local Culture and Environment in Southern Border Provinces of Thailand (PUSTA), and the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) organized the Village Renaming Celebration Event. In Mengabang, provincial governors, district chiefs, and representatives of the 10 villages attended the celebration event to mark the culmination of a 15-month project that PUSTA and the Foundation piloted in 10 villages across southern Thailand to preserve and promote the unique identity, language, and culture of the Malay-Muslim community. For decades, the community has called for the renaming of villages in a manner that reflects the identity of the region.