Published February 28, 2018
This video was recorded by Sarah Meltzoff in Tedim, Chin region, Myanmar, where Khup lives. Zom, also known as Zo or Zou, Yo, Jo, Yaw, and Zomi, is spoken by as many as 82,000 people, primarily in the Chin State of western Myanmar/Burma. It also the mother tongue of communities in the Indian states of Manipur and Assam. A member of the Sino-Tibetan linguistic family, Zom pertains to a regional grouping of languages known as the Kukish languages, sometimes known as the “Chin languages” for the Chin peoples who speak them. It is regionally recognized by the Myanma/Burmese government as the dialect of a single ‘Chin language’.