From distinguished author Gordon Young come three unforgettable books that will rivet you from beginning to end.
The Wind Will Yet Sing presents an eternal tale of a peaceful people living simply and closely with nature and their inevitable encounter with modern forces. Set in Northern Thailand, Gordon Young’s enduring story of a Ku-lao Lahu village and its dynamic chief, Chala, recounts a history based on true events experienced by the real Ku-lao people and other tribal groups of southern Yunnan, China, Burma, Laos and Thailand. The story makes vivid the tumultuous history of the notorious Golden Triangle region beginning in 1932.
In Journey from Banna, Gordon Young applies his stellar storytelling skills to share his adventures and rich descriptions of places, people, wildlife and world circumstances that he encountered during a life of almost 40 years in parts of Asia, from 1927 to the mid-1970s. Young’s memoirs lead readers from his birthplace in the tiny village of Banna, China to many remote places and bustling cities of old Burma, India, Thailand, Korea, Laos, and Vietnam. With the world stage set by World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, Young’s humorous, informative and poignant tales hold ample historical importance as much as they offer a great read.
For fifty-two years, Chanu, a Lahu-Lisu tribal man from northern Thailand, lived an adventurous life packed with danger as well as joy. Slave, farmer, prisoner, hunter, bandit, smuggler, soldier-guerilla, lover, winner, and loser-- Chanu wore many faces. His story spans a fascinating, tumultuous historical period in the infamous Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. Follow Chanu and witness his life of amazing circumstances in Run for the Mountains. During some fifteen years of working, traveling, hunting and speaking with Chanu in his own language and in Thai, Gordon Young recorded Chanu’s poignant story and now shares this with the world.
TO THE MOUNTAIN TOPS was written by Harold Mason Young, Gordon Young's father. In this book, the author uses his quaint writing style and keen observational skills to share with the world information on the Lahu Na people living in northeastern Burma and the bordering mountains of Yunnan, China. Born of missionary parents in Kengtung, Burma in 1901, Harold Mason Young had the unique opportunity of growing up with the Lahu people during a time when ancient tribal life could still be observed. Fluent in many languages, the author lived closely with the native people and was culturally more integrated with them than his own American ancestry. From the Lahu people, the author accumulated knowledge about hunting and surviving in the dense jungle. He shares in this book the interesting history, folklore, customs, beliefs, rituals, and hunting methods that were still practiced during this time. Harold Mason Young will take you back in time and describe the beauty of the jungle, the seasons, and the most fascinating ways of the Lahu tribes situated in the high mountains.
TO THE MOUNTAIN TOPS was compiled and edited by Debbie Young Chase, who is the daughter of Gordon Young, and granddaughter of Harold Mason Young.
Burma Headhunters offers some interesting information about the Wa tribal people – most of which, only few foreigners ever saw during this period of history. There are likely studiers of ethnic tribal people that will find some of the book useful and at times, even entertaining.