13 Chinese Settlers and Their Role in Modern Thailand Amara Pongsapich Chulalongkorn University, Thailand This paper attempts to analyse the status of the Chinese in Thailand, from sojourners or temporary migrants to middlemen or marginal Sino-Thai settlers, and finally, to participants in the present multinational capitalistic system. The relationship between the Chinese and the Thais gradually shifted from exclusion of the Chinese from the Thai social structure in the early Bangkok period to inclusion via the process of intermarriage and incorporation of the Chinese in the Thai school system and government offices which were traditionally predominated by Thais only. When mainland China was closed off from the rest of the world after World War II, the Chinese in Thailand were suspected of adhering to the communist ideology. But when China opened up the country to welcome the capitalistic economic system, the Thai government became confident that the Chinese in Thailand had abandoned the communist ideology and that there was no reason to doubt the Chinese loyalty to their host country. Traditional Thai Buddhist values and ideology The study of values is made difficult because of the lack of agreement on an appropriate methodology to study value systems, and
Asian Journal of Social Science – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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