Nevertheless, the Lues make time for their son's day care programs and their daughter's Brownie meetings.
Some couples--like Heidi and Marcel Lue of San Antonio, Texas--split daily household and child care duties despite their demanding work schedules, while other career couples--like Michelle and Larry Rachal of Los Angeles and Chicagoans Fred and Lolita Bates--find that certain chores naturally befall one spouse or the other, depending on their unique circumstances.
Heidi and Marcel Lue, both 32, are determined old pros at creative sharing of chores.
The weekdays' hustle and bustle hardly ever allows most career families the luxury of a sit-down breakfast, but it's mandatory in the Lue home.
The Tai Lue of Silalaeng: Conservation and recognition
The district, like the rest of Nan Province, has predominantly sloping land that is officially classified as national forest reserve, though the seven mostly Tai Lue villages of Silalaeng Sub-District (over 4,200 people) are located in a valley.
Also, on the slopes just east of Silalaeng, Tai Lue and Hmong farmers cleared swiddens in national forest reserve areas to plant feed corn, consistent with the state's strategy of promoting commercial cash crop production to generate foreign exchange.
In response, the Silalaeng kamnan (sub-district head), Kamnan Muangdee, appealed to Tai Lue and Hmong farmers to first stabilise and then slowly decrease the area of their swiddens in the hills above the valley and work toward creation of a forest preserve.
The now standard local application of the term 'community forest' (pa chumchon) to what was first called a 'forest preserve' (pa sanguan) highlights the discursive dimensions of the Tai Lue struggle with the park.
DPNP officials credit the Tai Lue with significant conservation achievements.
The Tai Lue have been able to forge a relatively positive relationship with DPNP due in part to conservation successes achieved in the community forest.
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