Since 1984, the Tai Studies Center, through grants from local organizations and federal agencies, have engaged in many projects.
We have been collecting dozens of Tai manuscripts, folk songs, pictures, slides, and artifacts. The manuscripts include history, legends, poems, and mythology.
Nine Books Published
We have published nine books in the Tai Dam language, and produced more than thirty audio cassettes of oral history and reading of Tai manuscripts.
In 1992, we produced a slide/DVD presentation entitled “The Tai Dam – Nowhere To Stay” in English, Tai Dam, and French. It is a summary of Tai Dam history to the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and the exodus of the Tai Dam people to the present time.
Cultural Exchanges with Vietnam & China
In 1989, 1990 and 1993, the TSC sent delegations to our homeland for social and cultural exchanges with Vietnam, and 1996 with China. Each time we traveled to Vietnam and China, our delegations stopped in Thailand.
Two TSC Chapters Founded
Since 2000, two TSC chapters have been founded in Thailand, one in Loei Province and another in Bangkok.
In 2010, the TSC produced an album of Tai modern songs: “Tai Haang Meuang” or “Taidam Lam Phan”.
In 2012, the TSC produced an album of Tai modern songs: “Saay Fon” or “The Rain”.
In 2003, in cooperation with five Tai organizations and 40 Tai families worldwide, TSC founded and created the “Tai Village.” The 85-acre land is located in the northern part of Des Moines, Iowa.
Asian Home Care
Since 2012, to assist our elders in Metro Des Moines to live independent at home rather than a nursing home, the TSC has created an assistance program: “Asian Home Care.”
The TSC will continue to advocate for reforestation, exchange students, and the self-sufficient economic well being of the Tai people in our homeland, in northwestern Vietnam.
In 2014, the TSC has been granted status as a “United Nations – Non Governmental Organization (NGO)” under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. We would be able to organize assistance projects in northwestern Vietnam if funds available.
Translations & Publications
We expect to translate and publish Tai history books into English and other prominent languages such as French, Thai, & Vietnamese.
Tai Dam Textbook
Because our young people are not learning to read and write Tai Dam, we will also develop a textbook that will teach them our language.
Celebrations & Scholarships
The TSC has been and will continue to organize annual celebrations and/or granting modest scholarship awards to Tai Dam students in America, especially those graduates from high school and higher education.
Other programs for the well being of our elders will be implemented.