Unlike other places on earth, it seems that male chauvinism is unknown some Lancang-Mekong River areas where practices from ancient matriarchal society are still seen today. The role of women in these societies is unique, with women often having the final say on household economic matters. And as mothers, of course, it is the women determine the future of the area.
Today we look at the stories of two women. First we look at the life of Tran Thi Thao, a Vietnamese woman working in a job that most men would shy away from: clearing away left-over explosives. Then we look at the career of a tea merchant in Yunnan, China.
In both stories we will look at the work these women are engaged in, and ponder over their spiritual world as they live their lives in a region nourished by the Lancang-Mekong River.