The Life of a Lahu-Lisu Tribal Man

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Author Gordon Young pens a biographical account of Chanu and his astounding journey through life.

Xlibris, the self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of Run for the Mountains, a biographical account of a Lahu-Lisu tribal man born in northern Thailand. By published author Gordon Young, this book introduces readers to Chanu and his life of circumstance.

From the moment of his birth (1929) under a crab apple tree in the jungle wilderness, Chanu’s life was turbulent and action-packed. Slave, farmer, prisoner, hunter, bandit, smuggler, soldier-guerilla, lover, winner, and loser—he was all these at different times. His story spans a wild and fascinating period of history in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia.

Young worked, traveled, hunted and spoke both Lahu and Thai with Chanu, enjoying a close association for about fifteen years. By keeping notes during long sessions with Chanu at home and in the jungles around campfires, Young was able to create this first person narration. With interesting details about travel, wildlife, economy, courtship practices, social attitudes, and local politics, Run for the Mountains provides a truly valuable and colorful history of these dynamic times as experienced by a courageous, humorous and highly observant tribal man as he encountered and adapted to modernity.

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About the Author
Gordon Young was born in 1927 to American Baptist missionary parents in Banna, China. The family moved to Northeast Burma where Young hunted with Lahu-Na tribal boys, learning by age ten to survive in mountain jungles alone, armed only with knife and bow. World War II impacted on Young’s amazing childhood adventures in Burma and India. Later, he served the U.S. Army in Korea, obtained a B.S. degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, then moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to work for the U.S. Government, field collect for museums, help found the Chiang Mai Zoo, compile the first informal ethnography of Thailand’s northern tribes, and receive “Master Hunter” title from a Ku-lao Lahu chief.

Naturalist-hunter-ethnologist, Young’s work and travels span forty years in parts of Asia. A keen compassionate observer, his exciting storytelling also offers rare insight on the vibrant peoples, cultures and wildlife in remote, seldom-trodden places. Young’s titles are: The Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand; Journey from Banna (forthcoming); Tracks of an Intruder; The Wind Will Yet Sing (just released). Visit:

Run for the Mountains * by Gordon Young
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4568-3051-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4568-3052-6
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-3053-3

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